WormTown Festival attendee climbs 30-foot tower, gets stuck

Utility workers, firefighters use bucket truck to rescue woman, who was unharmed

  • Utility workers from Michels Corporation utility contractor prepare to rescue a woman from a transmission tower which she climbed at the Wormtown Music Festival at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield and was unable to climb back down Sunday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Utility workers from Michels Corporation utility contractor rescue a woman from a transmission tower which she climbed at the Wormtown Music Festival at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield and was unable to climb back down Sunday, May 29.

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/29/2016 10:44:29 PM

GREENFIELD — Authorities say it is unknown whether a woman who climbed up a 30-foot high-tension tower at a music festival on Sunday afternoon was under the influence of any mind-altering substances.

With the help of a bucket truck from National Grid, firefighters rescued the woman after she had been stuck at the top of a high-tension tower for nearly an hour at the WormTown Music Festival at Camp Kee-Wanee, said Lt. William Gordon.

“It’s under investigation, but we believe that it may have been a psychological issue,” said Gordon. Once safely on the ground, the woman was transported by MedCare ambulance to Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield for further evaluation. The woman, who is not a Franklin County resident, suffered no physical injuries.

The Turners Falls Fire Department also aided in the rescue response, said Captain Kyle Cogswell.

The WormTown Music Festival is a weekend-long annual music festival in the wooded grounds of Camp Kee-Wanee on the Green River.




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