Quick thinking by an off-duty Montgomery County Police Officer led to the safe rescue of a woman and teenager from a car on fire late Thursday night.
The single-vehicle collision with a tree and subsequent engine compartment fire occurred around 7 p.m. in Bethesda at Montgomery Ave and East-West Highway, according to Pete Piringer, Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service.
According to a video Piringer tweeted, police were first to arrive at the scene, They extinguished the vehicle fire, cut the seatbelts, and removed the driver who was pinned inside. A teenage passenger was also removed by police.
Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital and evaluated for non-life-threatening injuries.
ICYMI (~7p) Montgomery Ave.,, Bethesda, @mcfrsPIO transported 2 patients, incl 1 adult Pri1 trauma & 1 Pri2 teen, both of whom were assisted/rescued out of burning vehicle by quick thinking 1st arriving police officers @MontgomeryCoMD https://t.co/AS0PQWPPby pic.twitter.com/g4shhNVjDp
— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) September 23, 2021