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Marshall’s Creek, PA Nitrate Truck Explosion, June 26, 1964 Anniversary

June 26, 2010

Marshall’s Creek, PA Nitrate Truck Explosion, June 26,1964 Anniversary

On June 26, 1964 the history of the Marshalls Creek Fire Company along with the history of the Fire Service would  forever be changed.

At 4:08 am Marshalls Creek Firemen were awakened to respond to a tractor trailer fire on Route 209 near the Snake and Animal Farm.  As the firemen responded they had no idea what danger lay ahead.  Upon their arrival they found the rear wheels of the tractor on fire.  There were no placards or warnings on the trailer to warn of its contents.  Shortly after the fire company’s arrival the trailer exploded killing 3 firemen,  FRANCIS MILLER, 50; LEONARD MOSIER, 48 and EDWARD HINES, 48 and seriously wounding 2 others, RICHARD MCDONOUGH, 40 and ROBERT HEID, 33.  Three civilians were also killed in the explosion, bringing the death toll to 6.  The fire department also lost three trucks in the explosion.  It was later discovered that the trailer was carrying dynamite and blasting caps.  The driver had left the scene to place a phone call.

This tragedy was the beginning in a chain of events that would lead to the creation of the Department Of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).  With the creation of the ERG changes were made that are still present today throughout the emergency services community.

My Daddy, Edward “Frank” Hines, “Hinesy”; October 11, 1916-June 26, 1964

Yellow roses grow in heaven, Lord pick a bunch for me. Place them in my daddy’s arms and tell him they’re from me. Tell him that I love and miss him. When he turns to smile place a kiss upon his cheek & hold him for awhile, because remembering him is easy, I do it every day. There’s an ache in my heart that will never go away.

  1. Junious Jones
    June 26, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    I am very familiar with your story and how much you loved your Dad. May God
    continue to comfort you at this sad anniversary date. I’m also sure that your
    Dad is aware of the hard work you are doing and is bragging to his buddies in
    Heaven. Love you.

  2. Frank Boyd
    July 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    I have seen photos of this explosion. It was very bad. I am reasearching the story to find out more information.

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