2 workers rescued after cellphone tower collapses in Westmoreland Co.

2 workers rescued after cell tower collapses

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two workers were rescued after the cellphone tower they were on fell over in Hempfield Township.

This happened in a wooded area near Spanish Villa Drive off Route 130 around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Officials told Channel 11 there were five people working on installing the tower when it suddenly collapsed. Only two of them were actually on the tower when it gave way and fell over.

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Jamie Shaw, director of code and safety for Hempfield Township, said the two workers fell about 30 feet to the ground. However, they were possibly spared further injury because of how the tower landed.

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Shaw told Channel 11 the tower landed on a fence, which kept it from landing directly on the workers.

The rescue took under two hours, and the two workers were rushed to a hospital via ambulance.

Officials said their injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

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