Maryland state trooper pulls three from burning vehicle

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Two were killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 95 early Saturday morning, but a Maryland state trooper was able to save the life of one passenger of a burning Lexus.

Off-duty Maryland State Police Cpl. Kevin Watkins came upon an accident at about 2 a.m. on I-95 near Abingdon, Md. A Lexus had been hit by a box truck traveling north on the interstate. Watkins was able to pull all three occupants out of the burning vehicle, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The driver of the Lexus, 31-year-old Abingdon resident Veney B. Tanner Jr., and one of the passengers, 17-year-old Baltimore resident Janelle E. Jackson, were killed in the crash, the Sun reported.

Another passenger, Randallstown resident Myron Doram, 38, was taken to a local hospital, as was the driver of the truck.

A case of road rage may be to blame for the accident -- police said Tanner appeared to have gotten into a dispute with passengers in another vehicle. Both vehicles pulled over to the side of the highway and someone from the other vehicle was reportedly pounding on the window's of Tanner's car. Tanner cut across the northbound lanes as he pulled away and the Lexus was struck by the truck.

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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