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Plow driver summons help for man stranded for hours in snow

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 13 2014 04:46:33 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 17 2014 05:32:55 PM CST

A plow driver with a sharp eye was in the right place at the right time Thursday morning.

UNION TWP., Pa. -

A Berks County plow truck driver saved a man's life last Thursday morning when Mother Nature was pummeling our area with snow.

It was 4 a.m. and Union Township plow operator Carl Weikel was just starting to clear Mullen Hollow Road when headlights caught his attention.

"I slowed down. The truck was off the side of the road, down over the bank a little bit. So I slowed down, I stopped to check for footprints. I did not find any, so I walked over to the truck," Weikel said.

Weikel found a truck down the embankment, resting against a bush. He walked around to the passenger side, where the door was open, and found an older man lying face down in the snow.

"He was coherent, but he was slow. 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 more road crews to help take care of the man. They then waited for help to arrive.

The man's identity and condition are unknown. The plow truck drivers are hoping he makes a full recovery.

"I just hope the guy is doing well. Hopefully, he is OK," said Scott Remolde, one of Weikel's coworkers.