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Passers-by pull woman from burning car

January 21, 2002

Passers-by pull woman from burning car



FREDERICK, Md. - A woman trapped in her burning car Saturday night along U.S. 340 was pulled to safety by two passers-by, one of whom left the scene before he was identified.

Nancy Hay, 46, of Rockville, Md., was westbound at 5:22 p.m. near the Petersville exit when she lost control of her 1999 Honda Civic on the snow-covered road, said Maryland State Police in Frederick.

The car went off the right shoulder, hit an embankment and went up on a guardrail, where it traveled another 50 feet before coming to rest on the passenger side, police said. The gas tank ruptured, causing the car to catch on fire.

Jason Paul Gordon, 27, of Knoxville, and another man stopped at the burning car and tried to break the windows, police said.

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Gordon was able to punch a hole through the windshield with his fist and pull Hay to safety.

Hay was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital for minor burns to her face, neck and hands. She was treated and released, a hospital spokesman said.

Gordon was treated at the scene for cuts to his hands.

Anyone with information about the identity of the other man is asked to contact Maryland State Police in Frederick at 1-301-663-3101.

?Marlo Barnhart

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