Mrs. Eva Pointer, 62, Route 1, Box 12, Troutdale, died Tuesday [June 8, 1943] at Providence Hospital from injuries suffered Monday when she became caught between the tool box and bed of a state highway department truck on the Columbia River Highway, east of Multnomah Falls.
Mrs. Pointer, who had been employed as a flag woman by the highway department, was directed to get into the cab of a truck operated by William M. Crawford, 2927 S. W. Corbett Avenue, when the crew was about to move to another location, deputy Sheriff James Mateson reported.
Instead of climbing into the cab, Mrs. Pointer got on top of the tool box on the side of the truck, just behind the cab, and Crawford, thinking she was walking around the truck to get into the cab, let the bed of the truck down, causing her to be caught between the tool box and truck bed, the officer learned.
Mrs. Pointer suffered internal injuries, fractured ribs and head abrasions.
Oregonian, June 9, 1943
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman