WHEELING, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A routine journey for line workers Tyler Clutter and Jared Straub took an unexpected turn when they found themselves at the scene of a harrowing motorcycle accident while driving back to Wheeling from East Texas.
The two Appalachian Power employees had just completed their assistance to Southwestern Electric Power Co. in restoring power when they encountered a motorcyclist in distress on the highway in Nashville, Tenn.
As they were about to check into their hotel, Clutter and Straub witnessed the motorcyclist weaving erratically between lanes before tragically losing control, colliding with a concrete wall, and being thrown 30 feet from the impact point.
Without hesitation, the quick-thinking line workers sprang into action.
“Jared called 9-1-1, and I rushed to help the man who was lying on the ground, nearly unconscious,” recounted Clutter. “I kept trying to keep him awake because he was dozing off.”
While they waited for emergency services to arrive, Clutter and Straub took charge of the situation, securing the scene and providing crucial support to the injured motorist.
Clutter comforted the victim, maintaining his consciousness and attempting to alleviate his anxiety during the tense wait for medical assistance.
After approximately 25 minutes, an ambulance arrived, and the injured motorcyclist was airlifted to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The responding officers were deeply appreciative of Clutter and Straub’s efforts in stabilizing the man until professional help arrived.
Both line workers credit their annual First Aid training in Wheeling for equipping them with the necessary skills to respond effectively to such emergencies. Despite never having encountered a situation like this before, Clutter and Straub’s instincts kicked in, urging them to pull over and offer aid without hesitation.
“I’m glad we were there because you don’t know what other people would have done – they might have just driven by,” expressed Clutter, reflecting on the incident that opened his eyes to the unpredictability of life on the road.