Man, 83, rescued from fiery crash by passersby

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UPDATE: The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Department reports that Mr. Coleman succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night at 8:50 p.m.

Chaptico, MD -- A man was rescued from an overnight fiery crash in St. Mary's County by good Samaritans. 

Around 3:47 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a 1999 Ford Ranger operated by Garland Lawson Coleman, age 83 of Chaptico, was traveling northbound on Longview Road.

Police aren't sure why, but the truck drove through the intersection and into a field and became disabled in a ditch alongside Bay Drive.

The vehicle caught fire, trapping Coleman inside. Fortunately, he was pulled from the burning truck by citizens who had heard the crash before police and fire arrived on the scene.

He was transported to a local trauma center with incapacitating injuries.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

At this time speed and alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors in the collision.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or events leading up to the collision is asked to
contact Deputy Matthew Beyer at (301) 475-4200 extension *8005 or by email at

Photo courtesy of the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.

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