One Killed As Roof Collapses At NC Church

Authorities say one person has been killed after the frame of a roof under construction at a North Carolina church collapsed.

Sampson County spokeswoman Susan Holder says that two people also were injured when the roof collapsed Thursday afternoon.

Holder says the cause of the collapse at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Clinton has not been determined.

Aerial views of the accident showed the collapse occurred on a construction site separate from the main church about 70 miles south of Raleigh. No one answered a phone call at the church Thursday afternoon.


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  • by AMERICAN Location: CHINQUAPIN, NC on Feb 19, 2010 at 05:41 PM
    My prayers go out to the families.. Lost and injured.I have known the contractor and one of the injured for years. Who by the way is not an illegal but an American(WHITE)and has been doing construction for over 25 yrs. Nathan, you should get all the facts before you speak, IGNORANCE shows on your part..Before you judge someone, which is not your place but GODS. As for the Julio, he is a person too.. If you needed a transplant or blood, would you refuse because he is illegal or hispanic???? As for the injured, he is a person of free speach and would have a few words for you..He has done a job for me in which a hispanic helped him and they worked with teamwork and safety. A job in which construction workers(WHITE) would not have worked everyday including the weekend to complete. My friend is a dedicated worker on or off the job and in his personal life. In which he too has a family to feed. so let it be said, these victums need prayer not prosecution. Nathan, run for GOV to change policy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    First of all my prayers go out to the family who suffered a loss and to the injured. I have known the Halsos all my life and are personal friends and a construction worker myself for many years. It is sad to know there are such people still out there such as Nathan to make such racial and indecent comments about situations as this. I believe God is the judge of death whether all safety precautions were taken or not. I have a crew of hispanics that work for me and this statement on "julio" is a bit much. What if you were in a life or death situation would you choose death if "Julio" could save you?
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    God's will be done.
  • by Robert Location: Greenville on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:59 AM
    My vote goes to Nathan!!
  • by Me on Feb 19, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    Well said Nathan, I agree with you 100%.
  • by cali Location: chinquapin on Feb 19, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    It is a shame that ignorant people like you leave comments when they have no idea what happened on that job site. Clifton Halso and his son do great construction work. The people who were on that roof would not have been there working if there was a doubt about them being qualified to do so. I know one of the injured men on that job and he was a great carpenter. Qualifications don't mean a thing when God decides it is your time. It is devastating to hear about this horrible accident. When it comes to construction and jobs that big theres always a risk somewhere. This was not something that could have been easily avoided. My bf and another close freind were supposed to be on that job but didn't make it there wed for various reasons, and thursday was our sons sons fifth bday. I could not imagine what it would have happened if he had been there. My prayers go to all of the friends and family members of the victims of this accident, as well as to Mr. Clifton and his son. They to are victims
  • by Nathan B Forest Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:45 PM
    Sad to hear when someone dies,but this could have been easily avoided,as a 35 year construction guy that has completed this type of project many times the photo says it all.The WRONG way to do this job,I will not bore you with the right way but here is the problem.Most likely illegals,with little or no safety training offered in Mexico or anywhere else south of the border,the real fact that one day they are picking cucumbers and the next day they are putting lives at risk posing as carpenters or God knows whatever else to draw a wage because they have no clue how to do the job safely,then next week they will be at the packing house cutting your meat with a new name and social.I know many,many good carpenters(americans) that are out of work and would have gladly worked this job safely and with a smile knowing they are feeding their familys.Time to go Julio you have more than worn out your welcome
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