While Jeep Wranglers are often criticized for their poor rollover safety, the canvas roof of a Jeep Wrangler certainly saved the life of a woman in Maryland who was trapped in her burning car. Maryland State Police say that the woman was driving on the Outer Loop of the Beltway in College Park near Route 1 and I-95 when a tractor trailer truck rear-ended her car. The 27-year-old was seriously injured and her foot was stuck under her brake pedal as the truck pushed her almost the length of a football field down the Interstate and caused her jeep’s fuel tank to rupture.
A number of Good Samaritans stopped their cars, jumped to the scene of the MD car accident and worked to free the woman, who was in shock. As a car fire started and the flames spread, the rescuers ripped the cloth cover from the jeep and pulled the woman to safety. Another rescuer attempted to control the fire with a fire extinguisher. By the time fire trucks arrived, the vehicle was burned shell. Prince George’s County Fire and EMS workers transported the woman to a nearby hospital with serious injuries that were not life-threatening. One other person suffered injuries in the Beltway crash, while the driver of the big rig was no injured in the crash.
Police, who are investigating the Maryland car accident, say that the chain reaction crash occurred when a Porsche suffered mechanical problems on the highway, causing the cars behind it to slow down considerably.