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Marshalls Creek Truck Explosion, 1964

By ALAN HOFFMAN, Correspondent | December 07, 2021 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 120721100

On June 26th 1964 the Marshalls Creek Fire Company responded to a tractor trailer fire on route 209 just north of Marshalls Creek. Upon arrival they found the rear tires of the trailer on fire. The trailer had no markings or placards to tell the firefighters what the cargo was. Shortly after their arrival the trailer exploded, killing three firefighters, three civilians and critically injuring 2 firefighters. Firefighters killed in the blast were, F. Earl Miller 50, Leonard R. Moser 48, Edward F. Hines 48, Critically injured were Assistant Chief Richard C. Macdonough, Firefighter Robert Hied. The fire department also lost three pieces of apparatus. It was later discovered that the trailer contained dynamite and blasting caps. The driver had left the scene and went to Stroudsburg to make a phone call. This memorial is located on the grounds of the Marshalls Creek Fire Company’s main station and is in Memory of F. Earl Miller, Leonard R. Mosier, Edward F. Hines Members Of The Marshalls Creek Volunteer Fire Company Who Gave Their Lives Combating A fire On An Explosive Laden Truck Near Marshalls Creek PA June 26th 1964

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