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Salem man recovering from fall

Thursday, September 12, 2002

After falling from a metal roof at Crown Point Resort in Horseshoe Bend Sept. 3 an 18-year-old Salem man is home recovering from injuries he sustained.

Shane Wallace was transported to Fulton County Hospital where he was treated for a hairline pelvic fracture and a broken nose, said Michael Brown, co-owner of Tri-State Roofing in Mammoth Spring.

Wallace was attempting to get hooked up to the lifeline and had not been on the roof very long when he mis-stepped and lost his balance, Brown said. He dropped about 5 feet to one level of the roof then another 14 feet to the ground where he landed on his feet and then dove into the dirt and grass, Brown said.

Walking on a metal roof requires care and Wallace was in a hurry, Brown said. The roof was slippery because it had morning dew on it, Brown explained.

Brown was on another job site in Couch when one of his employees alerted him about the accident. By the time Brown arrived at the hospital Wallace had been treated and released. Brown said he was amazed how quickly he was treated and that his injuries were not more serious.

Brown said this was not Wallace's first encounter with danger. He has been involved in two vehicle wrecks that he walked away from with little injury. And two months ago Wallace jumped off a roof to help one of his co-workers who had fallen from a ladder.

"He used three of his nine lives. He thinks he is Batman or Spiderman," he added.

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