Bystanders rescue a mother and teenagers when their SUV crashes into a Maryland lake

May 22, 2014

When two vehicles crashed in Gaithersburg on Thursday, one hit a tree and then other careened down an embankment and into a nearby lake. That’s when a pair of men playing golf nearby dropped their clubs and leapt to action.

The men, along with staffers from a nearby community center, rescued a mother and two teenagers from the submerged vehicle.

The incident happened in the 8800 block of East Village Avenue about 6 p.m., near the Lake Marion Community Center, where Montgomery County rescue crews arrived to find an SUV in the water, but three occupants safely on dry land — thanks to the bystanders.

“We think their actions were life-saving,” said Pete Piringer, a county fire department spokesman.

Medics evaluated the mother who was driving the SUV and took her to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities also took the driver of the car that hit a tree to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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