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Published June 26 2012

UPDATED: North Dakota man killed in fall from cellphone tower

SOLWAY, Minn. – A 19-year-old man working on a cell phone tower fell and was killed Tuesday evening directly south of Solway Elementary School.

An emergency call came in to Beltrami County Sheriff’s dispatchers at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday. Emergency crews were called to a tower at 134 Loman Ave. in Lammers Township, near Solway.

According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp the man, a Midwest Steeplejacks employee, fell 153 feet from the cell tower and was killed on impact.

The man, who will remain unidentified until all family members are notified, is from North Dakota.

The man who made the emergency call, also a Midwest Steeplejacks employee, called from 160 feet up the tower. Hodapp said the man was in shock and was unable to comment on what happened.

Rory Kiland, owner of Midwest Steeplejacks in Fargo, said Wednesday that the company could not comment at this time other than to offer condolences to the family.

The Sheriff's Office said the man who fell was wearing a harness. An early report to dispatchers indicated the man wasn't wearing the safety device.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the crews called to airlift the man to the hospital were called off because the man had died.

No other details were immediately available.