Emergency responders rescued a driver from a burning vehicle that crashed in Woodstock on Tuesday.

The driver suffered severe burns and other injuries sustained in the crash that occurred at approximately 7 a.m. near East Reservoir Road in town, Bill Streett Jr., deputy chief of operations for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said by phone Tuesday afternoon. Streett said he did not know the male driver's age. 

A caller reported to the Shenandoah County Emergency Communications Center that a sport-utility vehicle crashed in a cornfield and caught fire with someone trapped inside, Streett said. Dispatchers sent out the call at 7:02 a.m. and the first responders arrived on the scene four minutes later and saw fire coming from the engine compartment, Streett said.

Personnel from the Woodstock Police Department and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue used portable fire extinguishers to control and contain the fire until more crews arrived, Streett said. Fire and rescue workers arrived and extricated the lone occupant from the vehicle at approximately 7:17 a.m.

The driver suffered significant injuries in the crash and severe burns from the fire, Streett said. A helicopter crew flew the victim to the Burn Center at MedStar Washington Health Center in Washington, D.C., for treatment, Streett said. Streett said he did not have further information on the patient’s condition.

Crews from Woodstock Fire Department, Edinburg Fire Department, Woodstock Rescue Squad, Mount Jackson Rescue and Fire Department and the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to the call, Streett said.

– Contact Alex Bridges at abridges@nvdaily.com

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