September 3, 2019 / 9:55 AM / 3 months ago

Three killed in German tower platform collapse

An elderly person walks near the TV broadcast tower near Hessisch Lichtenau, Germany on June 14, 2016. in this image taken from a video obtained from social media on September 3, 2019. Maximilian Fischer/Social Media via REUTERS.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Three people were killed after a maintenance platform crashed around 50 metres (165 feet) to the ground from a broadcasting tower in the central German state of Hesse, police said on Tuesday.

The reasons for the crash, which local occupational safety authorities are investigating, are unclear, police said.

Public broadcaster ARD’s Hessischer Rundfunk owns the antenna but it is maintained by a third party, the broadcaster said.

Reporting by Riham Alkousaa

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