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Two people pulled from burning car on I-70 near Clear Spring

November 20, 2009

CLEAR SPRING -- Troopers from Maryland State Police in Hagerstown and a passer-by pulled two people from a burning vehicle Friday night after it crashed on westbound Interstate 70 at the 20-mile marker near Clear Spring, according to a state police press release.

State police received a call from a citizen at 10:47 p.m. of a vehicle that left the roadway and had caught fire. Matthew Norwicz, 16, was driving a 1997 Lexus, and his mother, Stephanie Norwicz, 46, was the front-seat passenger, troopers said.

Joel Adamson of Georgia, who was driving a tractor-trailer that was traveling in the same direction, saw the vehicle leave the roadway and travel into the center median before striking several trees, troopers said.

Adamson told police an unidentified vehicle might have changed lanes in front of the Lexus, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, troopers said.

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Adamson and two troopers pulled the two people from the vehicle, which became engulfed in flames and was destroyed, troopers said.

On Saturday, an officer identified the troopers as Trooper 1st Class J.R. Bowers and Cpl. Brian Smith.

Matthew and Stephanie Norwicz sustained serious, but nonlife-threatening injuries, troopers said. They were taken to Washington County Hospital before being transferred to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, troopers said.

The incident caused one lane of Interstate 70 to be closed in both directions for about an hour, troopers said.

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