Victim Identified in Fatal Fire Station Accident
According to a family friend and a local newspaper, John Muzyka of Springtown, Bucks County, was the man killed in Thursday's fiery dump truck accident that heavily damaged the Leithsville Fire Company in Lower Saucon Township.
A family friend has reached out to Hellertown Patch on Facebook to identify the man killed in Thursday's dump truck accident in Lower Saucon Township.
According to Jennifer Ziegler Maguire, the victim has been identified by the Northampton County Coroner as John Muzyka, of Springtown, Springfield Township, Bucks County.
The Morning Call is also reporting that Muzyka was the victim, and that he died from "multiple blunt force trauma with or without thermal injuries" according to the coroner's office.
Muzyka was 56 and a resident of Mountain Avenue, according to public records.
The investigation into the accident and the massive fire it sparked at the Leithsville Fire Company is ongoing, but what is now known is that Muzyka was the occupant of a vehicle that was struck by the dump truck as it careened across Route 412 toward the fire station at about 1pm.
The dump truck was northbound on Flint Hill Road before it missed the stop sign at the end of Flint Hill and entered the intersection through which Muzyka's vehicle was passing.
Muzyka's vehicle, which the Morning Call reports was an SUV, was then pushed into the fire station by the truck.
It apparently wasn't until hours after the fire began, however, that authorities realized there had been another vehicle involved in the accident and a fatality.
The dump truck's driver, Michael Thomas, 42, is reported to have escaped from the burning wreckage inside the station just moments before explosions began.
Thomas, who was reportedly driving the tri-axle truck filled with asphalt for William Kunsman & Son Paving and Sealcoating of Bethlehem, was hospitalized with serious burns to his arms after neighbors came to his aid at the scene.
Although no official announcement has been made, three fire company vehicles that were stored inside the building are said to have been destroyed.
Leithsville Fire Company was in the process of completing a state-approved merger with Se-Wy-Co Fire Company, which was to have taken effect June 1.
Expressions of support for both the victims of the accident and the hundreds of first responders who descended upon Leithsville to fight the blaze have been shared on Patch in the days since the tragedy.