NEWS FROM THE PAST; 2 Killed When Tamaqua Fire Truck Overturns on Quakake Curve

On this day (Jan. 22) in 1940, shortly before one o’clock in the afternoon, a phone call was made to Tamaqua Borough for a chimney fire at the Quakake School in Quakake. The American Hose and East End companies were then dispatched on a still alarm. The alarm was sounded and the engine with five firemen aboard quickly responded. At the Quakake Curve, with the American Hose engine running a minute or so ahead of the East End pumper, the East End rig skidded on the icy roadway, upset, then rolled over three times down a 10’ embankment coming to rest on its wheels. All five firemen where thrown off the machine. Witnessing the accident, the American Hose engine stopped and quickly rendered assistance but sadly, Firemen Cornelius Boner, 36, was killed almost instantly when the rig rolled over him and he suffered a crushed chest.  The other men were taken by the Tamaqua Department ambulance to Coaldale Hospital where Driver Thomas Will, 26, died later that day.
Complete story above and photo below are from the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum Facebook page.
Below is photo from a Monday, January 22, 1940 front page copy of the Tamaqua Evening Courier.
1-22-2014, Two Killed on East End Fire Truck Crash on Quakake Curve, 1-22-1940

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