Driver hospitalized after car flips, catches fire in Montgomery Co.

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A driver is in the hospital with serious injuries after their car hit a utility pole, flipped over and then caught fire Monday morning near Damascus, Maryland.

Montgomery County firefighters were alerted to the crash just before 1 a.m. near the intersection of Ridge Road and Hawkes Road. First responders found the driver trapped in the burning wreckage off an embankment.

Firefighters quickly put the fire out and the driver was rescued from the vehicle. EMS transported the patient to a hospital with injuries evaluated as serious, but they are expected to recover.

No word on the cause of the crash, but an investigation is ongoing.

Power is expected to be out in the area for an unknown period of time due to downed power lines.

Below is the area of the crash:

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