Maryland Residents Rescue Crash Victims

BOYDS, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County firefighters said Thursday that the fast action of private citizens kept a serious accident from becoming potentially deadly.

The praise was offered after six people risked injury to pull two teenage boys from a burning car Wednesday. The incident occurred around 6:50 p.m. in the 20900 block of Clarksburg Road.

``The action's of six saved the lives of two,'' said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department.

Matthew Bradley, 17, of Clarksburg and Leon Sherman, 17, of Boyds, were passengers in the car and trapped in the mangled wreckage. The driver, Brian Bem Adams, 17, of Germantown was able to escape the 2004 Mitsubishi without help.

Area residents who heard the crash acted quickly to free the boys. ``We're hailing them as heroes,'' Piringer said.

All three were flown by Maryland State Police helicopters to Suburban Hospital for treatment of their serious, non-life threatening injuries.

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