Off-duty police Officer Frees Woman and Teenager From Fiery Crash

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.

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