When a group of employees at PPL Electric Utilities’ White Haven service center sensed a need to help someone in need, there was no hesitation.

Hearing a loud bang a few hundred yards from the service center on Lehigh Gorge Road in Luzerne County recently, material helper Dustin Manning and journeyman lineman John Costa Jr. rushed to that area and give whatever help was needed.

They and two other journeyman linemen – Mike Kuscavage and Tom Strohl – are being praised for providing much-needed assistance at the accident scene minutes after a vehicle and tractor trailer collided, ensuring that a young woman injured in the crash was comforted until medical help could arrive.

Manning rushed to the side of the woman who was trapped inside her vehicle, keeping her comforted and reaching out to the woman’s mother to make her aware of the situation. Meanwhile, Costa helped direct and slow down traffic at the intersection of Lehigh Gorge Road and Route 940.

Workers from PPL contractor AWP brought their flagging equipment to the accident scene to help with traffic control and keep the area safe, while Kuscavage and Strohl brought a first aid kit to the crash scene where a nurse who happened to be in the area provided medical help to the victims.

Tom Hopeck, supervisor-Regional Materials & Logistics Services, said Dustin’s response was not surprising given the caring attitude he shows daily.

“He’s always the guy who goes above and beyond to help others out,” Hopeck said. “It’s just part of his character to do something like this.”

Tim Lloyd, the field supervisor who oversees the journeymen linemen, says the employees good deed that day “says something about the kind of people we have working with us at PPL.”

Photo: PPL employees (from left to right) John Costa Jr., Dustin Manning, Mike Kuscavage and Tom Strohl recently rushed to the aid of people involved in a vehicle crash near the White Haven Service Center.