× The TV News Archive staff will be attending the Association of Moving Image Archivists conference December 7th to the 9th and will not be processing new orders, or hosting any research visits during this time.
× The TV News Archive will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd, re-opening on January 3rd. Any loan requests made during this time will not be processed until after January 3rd, 2023.
Search the Archive

West Virginia Construction Accident #498538

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 27, 1978
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio) Construction accident at St, Marys, West Virginia, noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Saint Marys, West Virginia) Details given about collapse of scaffolding around top of power plant cooling tower under construction and resulting deaths. [Paramedic Randy SPENCER - describes scene after accident.] Cause not yet known.
REPORTER: Charles Quinn (WTAP-TV newstape Parkersburg, West Virginia)

(Henry's Camp Road, West Virginia) Report on reaction of residents of Henry's Camp Road, West Virginia, where many lost relatives in accident. Losses within the Steele family noted; number of relatives lost by Lee Steele cited. [Steele family MBRS. - talk about family situation.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Report of government safety agency responsible for such inspections that tower had never been inspected noted.

(DC) Details given with regard to OSHA statements on inspection of building site and tower, according to spokesperson Don. MacKenzie.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) West Virginia disaster compared to Southgate, Kentucky, nightclub fire in 1977.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Hart, John;
Pettit, Tom

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.