Two Oklahoma men die in fall while working on cell phone tower

Thursday, January 3rd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

FORREST CITY, Ark. (AP) _ Three men working to replace guy wires on a cellular telephone tower were killed after a rope being used to hoist them to the top of the structure broke.

St. Francis County sheriff's investigator Glenn Ramsey said the men, part of a four-person crew, plunged about 100 feet to their deaths Wednesday afternoon.

The dead were identified as Brian Barnes, 23, and John Seabolt, 26, both of Muskogee, Okla.; and Jamie Anders, 27, of Hattiesburg, Miss. The foreman of the crew, Forster Barnes, 50, of Muskogee, was not injured.

The older Barnes is the younger Barnes' uncle.

The crew worked for Allstate Construction Co. of Wagoner, Okla., and was replacing the guide wires for an Alltel Inc. tower near the East Arkansas Community College.