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September 12, 2006

Dougherty County  --  An Alabama man is hospitalized after falling through a Dougherty County company's roof to the concrete floor 30 feet below.   It happened around 9:30AM at the Thompson Cat Lift Truck shop on Newton Road.

Twenty-three-year-old Austin Croxton of Birmingham was working on the roof when this portion caved in under him. Witnesses say Croxton landed on his hands and knees, and rolled onto his side.  

"I was sitting on the fork lift, and I heard a thump," said witness Dale Palmer. "And I saw the kid had fell through the roof and landed on the floor over here. He was trying to crawl off, and I got to him and made him lie down and be still."  

Croxton's boss said it was a miracle that the roofer was not more seriously injured. Steve Birmingham of Birmingham Associates said that Croxton did not suffer any broken bones, but is complaining of back pain.

Croxton is expected to stay in the hospital overnight. His co-workers say this is one of the first roofing jobs that Croxton has worked on.

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