UNION TWP., Pa. - A split second decision allowed one Union Township plow truck driver to save a man's life.
Headlights caught the attention of Carl Weikel as he was plowing Mullen Hollow Road last Thursday morning during a snow storm. He saw a truck flipped on its side down an embankment.
"I slowed down, I stopped to check for footprints. I did not find any so I walked over to the truck," said Union Township Operator Carl Weikel.
Weikel saw the passenger side door open, walked around the vehicle and found an older man lying face down in the snow.
"He had no strength, I tried to put his glove on, he could not even move his hands, his shoe was off and he was soaking wet," said Weikel.
Weikel immediately called the rest of his crew to help dig the man out until emergency personnel arrived.
His actions caught the attention of the Union Township Board of Supervisors.
"A fellow decides to look at what is going on and says something does not look right and went out of his way to make sure that everything was right. For that, I think he saved a man's life," said Union Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Donald Basile.
Union Township supervisors presented Weikel and three other plow truck operators a letter of gratitude for their actions.
"I think they went above and beyond. I am glad they found the gentleman. They did a great job I am proud of them," said Union Township Supervisor Nelson Ott Jr.
The man's identity and condition are unknown at this point but the plow truck drivers are just hoping he makes a full recovery.
"I just hope the guy is doing well. Hopefully he is ok," said Union Township Operator Scott Remolde.
Allentown, PA 18102