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Man pulled from burning car after wreck

September 12, 1998

HANCOCK - A 74-year-old Cheverly, Md., man was pulled from his burning car by passers-by early Friday after he ran off westbound Interstate 70 near the Md. 615 exit, Maryland State Police said.

Ralph Esposito was sitting on the ground wrapped in a blanket when Trooper First Class C.J. Barnard arrived on the scene just minutes after the 7:33 a.m. accident, police said.

"The front end of his 1996 Lincoln Town Car was engulfed in flames when I got there," Barnard said.

Esposito apparently fell asleep and ran off the right side of the road, police said.

His car hit a guardrail, plowed into some small trees and burst into flames, Barnard said.

Passing motorists pulled Esposito out of the car and took care of him until the trooper arrived.

Esposito was taken to Washington County Hospital by Hancock Ambulance personnel.

He was admitted to the hospital, where he was in fair condition Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

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