EMS Crew Sees Fiery Crash by Chance

- BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police confirmed a teenager from Frederick County, Md. died in a crash on Sunday night.

It happened just after 10 p.m., in the 2100 block of Shepherdstown Road near Blairton Road. They say the vehicle traveled about 350 ft. before striking the guardrail at the intersection.

WHAG spoke with the EMS crew from the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department that happened to be driving by when they spotted the flames.

Firefighter Troy Matlock was part of that crew and said, "The car was on its top and the engine block was fully in flames, so we just kind of hopped to it."

"Most of the time we get our calls from the citizens," said Fire Chief Ross Morgan. "It's very rare that we are actually the caller and happen to be there at the same time. It's rare."

The Shepherdstown Fire Department is calling the crew's actions "heroic," especially since they didn't have time to mentally or emotionally prepare.

"These guys had to act quickly and diligently and effectively and basically in a split second," said Marshall DeMeritt, Assistant Chief of EMS. "They did that and they made the best choices they could at the time."

The crew had to improvise and use the tools they had at their disposal. Matlock said they used a fire extinguisher for the flames and an axe to help pry open the car doors that were shut tight.

"The fact that there was someone inside of the vehicle that's on fire and there's nothing they can really do to get themselves out, we were trying to work with what we had to make the best out of the situation," said Matlock.

Thanks to their swift actions, he crew was able to save the passenger who is now recovering in the hospital.

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