ELKTON — A man was airlifted to a regional trauma hospital early Thursday morning after the car he was driving veered off an Elkton-area road and struck a tree, causing the vehicle to burst into flames, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office.

His two teenage passengers were able to escape from the car and remove the driver — Joseph Scuderi, 20, of Elkton — before the vehicle became engulfed in flames, reported Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.

“They pulled him out while the fire was occurring,” Holmes said.

A Maryland State Police helicopter crew flew Scuderi to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore, according to Holmes, who described Scuderi’s injuries as “serious but non-life-threatening.” Scuderi was listed in critical but stable condition over the weekend, Holmes reported.

Police said Scuderi was driving a 2001 Saab two-door convertible in the northbound lane of Sunnybrook Drive, south of Elkton, at approximately 4:15 a.m. Thursday when he lost control of the car, which then veered off the road and crashed into a tree near Julia Marie Court.

His passengers, whom investigators identified only as an 18-year-old North East resident and a 19-year-old Elkton resident, rescued Scuderi from the Saab as the fire started to spread, Holmes said. The passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, he added.

“There were multiple calls from neighbors in the area. They heard people screaming,” Holmes said.

Holmes told the Cecil Whig on Monday that “the circumstances surrounding the accident” remain under investigation. CCSO Dfc. Brian Bravo is serving as the lead investigator, he reported.

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