Drivers Form Human Chain to Rescue Trucker Dangling Over Embankment
The remarkable scene was captured by trucker Arlyn Satanek of Pleasant Trucking, Inc., of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, one of those who stopped to help. Once he saw the human chain forming spontaneously, he shifted his focus.
"I just knew I had to get a picture, I wanted to remember this, because this is amazing, this is inspiring," he told TV station WPXI of Pittsburgh.
"It was just kinda like, everyone knew in that moment, we just gotta reach him, let's just join together, lock into this and let's get this guy up."
"It was awesome. I don't know any of their names. I don't remember what their faces looked like. I can't tell you anything other than, for a few minutes on a Friday night in very bad weather in a terrible situation, they pulled together, and they made a terrible situation a little bit better by helping someone out who was really in need," he told TV station WTAE of Pittsburgh.
The driver of the truck that destroyed a guard rail and left debris strewn across the highway, Matthew Collins, was injured but alive, according to Satanek.
The blizzard that brought record snowfalls to parts of the East Coast was particularly harsh to the turnpike.
Motorists were marooned as snow piled up around their vehicles on a 16-mile section of westbound Interstate 70/76 in Somerset and Bedford counties for the duration of the winter storm, which dropped more than 30 inches of snow in parts of the state.
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