WASHINGTON — A video released by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Friday shows officers running toward a burning car to rescue a woman and two toddlers earlier this month.
On Sept. 2, a vehicle with five occupants struck a tree along St. Charles Parkway and burst into flames. In the crash, a woman was ejected from the car, the driver suffered fractures to his legs and was dragged to safety, and two toddlers and another woman were trapped in the burning car.
The video shows officers’ rapid response and efforts to move the victims, including the two toddlers. Also, it shows a citizen running to give a fire extinguisher to officers before fire crews could arrive.
All of the vehicle’s occupants survived the crash, but their injuries were severe. The woman who was trapped suffered second and third-degree burns, the sheriff’s office said.
Watch the video:
WTOP’s Darci Marchese contributed to this report.