Man killed in roof collapse at Clinton church
    February 19 2010 by press reports

    With crime tape blocking off Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Clinton, officials are looking into the cause of a roof collapse Thursday.

    One person was killed and two injured in the incident.

    “It’s bad,” said Tony Rackley, chairman of the church’s board of deacons, to a media outlet. “This is really, really bad.”

    The church, located at 3790 Faison Highway (N.C. 403), was in the process of building a new sanctuary, according to church members. Aerial views of the site indicated the structure was separate from the main church.

    The Clinton Fire Department, the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and Sampson County EMS responded to Mount Vernon shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday following a call of a building collapse, according to Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope.

    Investigators said workers with Clifton Halso Inc. General Contractors out of Chinquapin were putting up trusses when a large section of the structure’s front portion fell on top of them.

    One man, a Hispanic male, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was reportedly walking beneath a section of the rafters when it fell.

    Two others were transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center, one of which after the helicopter airlifting him was diverted. The names of the three men are being withheld pending notification of their family members, Pope said.

    The extent of the injuries sustained by the other two men were not immediately known.

    Department of Labor officials are helping the sheriff’s office process the scene.

    Ray Gainey, chairman of the church’s Building and Planning Committee, was also at the scene with Rackley working with investigators to figure out the cause. Rackley said he did not want to speculate as to what caused the collapse, but stated a thorough investigation would be conducted.

    Gainey said he was “shocked” by the occurrence. The church had begun construction on the new sanctuary in November, he said.
    2/19/2010 3:19:00 AM by press reports | with 0 comments

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