Longview executive dies from injuries after work accident

LONGVIEW — A Longview businessman has died from his injuries a month after two 3,000-pound concrete blocks fell on him at his company.

Hospital spokesman Randy Querin said John Leber died Friday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.

The Longview Daily News reported that the 70-year-old was injured in a June 17 accident at Swanson Bark and Wood Products, where he was president and owner.

A fire official said workers were building a retaining wall using the concrete blocks on top of a soft sand when the wall collapsed. The two blocks trapped Leber’s lower body. He was freed with the help of a crane.

A state Labor and Industries spokesman said the department is investigating.

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