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One person airlifted to Baltimore after SUV fire on Underpass Way

June 09, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • The charred interior of a sport utility vehicle that caught fire on Underpass Way early Thursday afternoon. A passenger in the SUV was airlifted to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

HALFWAY — One person was airlifted to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore after an sport utility vehicle caught fire on Underpass Way early Thursday afternoon, Deputy 1st Class Tom Routzahn of the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.

Routzahn said two people were in the vehicle.

Edward Haupt said he was driving with his sister down Underpass Way when he realized his SUV was on fire, and he pulled over.

He was not injured.

"I didn't even know it was on fire until another driver told me," he said. "I immediately got out."

Haupt said his sister, Olivia Haupt, had more trouble getting out and her clothing caught on fire.

"She started dropping and rolling immediately," Edward Haupt said. "I was very scared for her."

Routzahn says that Olivia Haupt was burned while trying to get out of the SUV.

"By the time she tried to get out, the fire had spread to the grass on the side, and she fell right into it," Routzahn said. "Her burns were pretty severe."

The Halfway Fire Department put out the fire.

A helicopter from the Maryland State Police airlifted Olivia Haupt from the scene at 2:15 p.m.

Edward Haupt said he is very nervous for his sister.

"I would give all those burns to myself before having to see her burn," he said.

Underpass Way was briefly shut down from Railway Lane to the Halfway Bouelvard overpass, but it reopened after Olivia Haupt was airlifted.

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A representative from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center said Olivia Haupt was in stable condition Thursday evening.

A paramedic unit the Halfway Fire Department was on the scene treating Haupt until the helicopter arrived.

Routzahn said the Halfway Fire Department arrived on the scene at 1:11 p.m. and sheriff's deputies arrived at 1:24 p.m. The fire department cleared the scene at 1:30 p.m.

— Staff Writer Kate S. Alexander contributed to this story.

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