Upper Marlboro car crash victim saved by Good Samaritans

Good Samaritans who came across the scene were able to remove an injured woman from the burning car. (Photo: PGFD)

Several people who were involved in a three-car accident on Thanksgiving morning have a little more to be thankful for, thanks to some Good Samaritans.

At about 8:45 a.m. Thursday, three cars were involved in a fiery crash on Watkins Park Drive near Keverton Drive in Upper Marlboro. Immediately after the crash, the engine compartment of one car caught fire, and the driver could not get out of the car herself due to her injuries, Prince George's County Fire officials say.

Shortly thereafter, two men, Johnnie Wichard of Lothian, Md. and Andre Matlock of Upper Marlboro came upon the scene and removed the injured female driver just as the fire extended into the passenger cabin.

Moments later, the car was fully engulfed in flames. Both the woman and the driver of another car were taken to a nearby trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. However, firefighters say that Wichard and Matlock had not been in the right place at the right time, the female driver could could have suffered more serious injuries.

"The quick actions of the Good Samaritans was impressive and we thank them for their bravery and courage to rush to aid a stranger in a potential life or death situation," Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor says.