W.Va. man dies after falling through gym ceiling

By The Associated Press

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Police say a Parkersburg man was doing maintenance work when he fell through the ceiling of a church gymnasium and died.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that Bernard R. Williams, 79, was changing the filter on a heating and cooling system when he fell. A portion of the drywall ceiling broke and Williams fell about 20 feet to 25 feet to the floor.

The accident occurred Tuesday evening at South Parkersburg Baptist Church’s gymnasium.

The church’s custodian found Williams’ body and called 911.

The church says Williams was a member of its Property Team.

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