At about 2 a.m. on Wednesday, a monstrous crash caused Bowie resident Claudia Calderwood to run from her home.
She soon found two men trapped in a terribly mangled car that had wrapped around a tree.
The rescue of two critically injured men from a bad car crash, sadly, isn't uncommon. However, this one became anything but run-of-the-mill, when a volunteer firefighter showed up to save his twin brother.
At the moment of the crash, Travis Murdoch, a police dispatcher with Prince George's County Public Safety Communications and a Bowie volunteer firefighter, jumped into an ambulance. He was tasked with initially assessing and treating the injured at the crash site, near Stonehaven Lane and Stoneybrook Drive.
When he arrived on the scene, he instantly recognized the car and, to his horror, his twin brother Chris, a fellow firefighter, trapped in the mangled vehicle.
"I can only imagine what occurred in that state," Prince George's County Fire spokesman Mark Brady said. "They took a moment out of shock and then went to work."
The passenger in the car was easily freed from the wreckage, but it took the rescue squad more than 30 minutes and the Jaws of Life to free Chris. The rescue happened while his twin brother, a two-time Firefighter of the Year, looked on.
"It was terrible the way that they had to cut that car apart," Calderwood said. "It was like nothing I've ever seen."
Eventually, Chris was removed from the car and both he and the passenger were flown the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where they remain in critical condition.