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Woman saved from burning vehicle after Pr. George’s crash

A woman trapped in a burning vehicle after a three-car crash in Upper Marlboro on Thanksgiving morning was saved by two men who pulled her from the car, according to authorities.

 The crash, which occurred around 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning on Watkins Park Drive, immediately sparked a fire in the engine compartment of her car, the Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue department said.

The woman could not exit her car because of her injuries and possible shock, authorities said.

According to authorities, Johnnie Wichard of Lothian and Andre Matlock of Upper Marlboro were driving separately when they saw the car burst into flames.Authorities said the men quickly approached and pulled the woman to safety as the fire spread.

Witnesses told authorities the fire had fully engulfed the vehicle’s interior moments after the driver was pulled out.

 The driver of the burning car and another driver were transported to a nearby trauma center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities.

 Firefighters said that the woman would have sustained more serious or potentially fatal injuries if the two men had not helped her, according to authorities.

Caitlin Gibson is a local news and features writer for The Washington Post.


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