A Maryland State Police trooper is being credited with rescuing a man before his vehicle burst into flames Wednesday afternoon.
Trooper Warren Thompson, who is assigned to the Forestville Barrack, was on patrol shortly after 12:40 p.m. when he came across an SUV that had crashed on Maryland Route 214 and Church Road in Bowie, according to a news release.
The victim, a 66-year-old man, suffered a medical emergency when he hit a guardrail that subsequently caused the vehicle’s engine to catch fire.
Thompson was able to remove the victim from the vehicle right before it erupted into flames.
Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department responded to the scene to extinguish the fire and transported the victim to University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of his injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.