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West Virginia Construction Accident #53615

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 27, 1978
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(Studio) Construction accident in Saint Marys, West Virginia, noted; sketch shown.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Belmont, West Virginia) Details given about break in scaffolding around top of huge cooling tower under construction. [Construction worker Forrest TRACY - describes sight when scaffolding fell.] Makeshift morgue set up in nearby Belmont mentioned. Is reported that cause not yet known.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson (WOWK newstape)

(Saint Marys, West Virginia) Report on effect of accident to residents of Belmont, Saint Marys and Willow Island Particularly hard effects on the Steele family noted, since 10 of men lost in accident were from that family. [John STEELE - says it's bad.] [Cora STEELE - comments on family's situation.] Family member Georgie Steele mentioned.
REPORTER: George Strait

(Studio) Reaction of tower builder Research-Cottrell, Incorporated, reported Interview with Bill Stewart shown. [Company spokesperson Phillip COCO - says in all other such projects there's never been such trouble; notes his company responsible for designing scaffolding and, to own knowledge, there was nothing unique about assignment.] OSHA report on previous inspections of Saint Marys tower stated.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry;
Strait, George

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