Man Injured in Roof Collapse While Clearing Snow

A man attempting to clear off snow from his garage roof in Upper Marlboro, Md., was thrown from a ladder when the roof collapsed, Prince George's County Fire Department officials said.

The man, who was in his 60s, fell about 20 feet Tuesday and sustained potentially serious injuries, officials said. The man was taken to a regional trauma center for treatment.

Despite reports of roofs collapsing, officials are urging residents not to venture onto their roofs to clear off snow. They said a person's weight can be enough to cause a collapse.

Instead, officials are urging residents to call roofing contractors to remove the snow. Fire department officials said residents should check for sagging roofs or the sound of breaking wood. If the roof structure seems weak, residents should evacuate and call 911.

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