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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Victim Saved From Burning Vehicle by Maryland State Police

Two Maryland State Police Troopers are credited with rescuing a female from her burning vehicle this morning in Upper Marlboro. At about 6:30 AM, Wednesday, March 11, 2009, an adult female driver experienced a medical emergency related to low blood sugar while driving on Route 301 near Leeland Road.

Her car ran off the roadway and into a wooded area and caught fire. She was not injured from the crash, however, was incoherent and non-responsive from her medical condition and was not aware of the imminent danger of the fire, heat and smoke. Just moments after the incident occurred, two Maryland Police Troopers happened upon the scene and without hesitation or fear of their own safety rushed to the aid of the victim.

By this time the fire had spread from the engine compartment and was now extending to the underside of the vehicle as well as the surrounding brush and trees. One of the Troopers realized that the victim was non-responsive and was unable to unlock the car doors. Using his police baton the Trooper broke out a window, unlocked the doors, and removed the victim to safety.

Bowie Volunteer Fire Chief Lee Havens was the Fire/EMS Departments on-scene Incident Commander and credited the Troopers with saving the life of the female, he stated, “Without any doubt, the incoherent and non-responsive female would have sustained fatal burn injuries if it had not been for the immediate actions of the Maryland State Police. The fire had well extended beyond the engine compartment when they approached the burning vehicle and they placed themselves in harms way to save a life.”

Firefighters and paramedics arrived a short time later and extinguished the fire that had totally consumed the car. Paramedics tended to the victim and after a short period of treatment she became coherent. She became coherent enough that she refused any transport to the hospital and remained to assist the Maryland State Police with their investigation. The Maryland State Police, Forestville Barracks (301-568-8101) are handling the investigation.

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