ALTON, Ill. (AP) — A 25-year-old man is hospitalized after falling some 50 feet from the roof of a southwestern Illinois church he had just recently started attending.

The (Alton) Telegraph reports that Ben Heckert suffered a fractured skull and other injuries in the tumble Tuesday from Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Alton.

Authorities say Heckert was making repairs when he slipped while trying to get back onto a ladder.

The church’s pastor says he’s visited Heckert in the hospital and believes his prognosis is good.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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