(WFRV) – We Energies traveled over to California to help restore power after major storms in the area. However, they did a little more than restore power.

“We wrapped up our power restoration efforts in central California and had just started our trip home when a driver of an SUV lost control, shot across the freeway median, and went airborne down a 75-foot embankment,” said Jeb Loth, a We Energies operations supervisor.

Loth and his co-workers pulled over on US-99 near Livingston, California, and rushed into action. Each member of the crew is skilled in first aid and safety training, making their efforts all the better.

“The SUV landed on its side in a pool of water,” Loth recalled. “Luckily we had easy access to a ladder and were able to get the driver out and up the muddy embankment. If we had not seen the crash, it’s possible no one would have seen the vehicle down the embankment.”

As they got the driver into one of the trucks to wait for emergency services, they experienced another near disaster. Two vehicles on the freeway lost control, collided with each other, and crashed into a We Energies bucket truck that was pulled over on the side of the road.

Again, the crew sprung into action, providing aid until first responders arrived on the scene.

“We went to California to help. Obviously, we did not expect to help in this way, but we are happy we were in the right place at the right time,” Loth said.

The We Energies crews were part of a group of nearly 50 people from We Energies and its sister company Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), that traveled to California earlier this month to help get the lights back on after a series of strong storms.

The crews spent a few days in central California helping restore power to some of the hundreds of thousands of people who lost service during the high winds and pounding rain.

The Wisconsin crews planned to spend two weeks on restoration efforts but were released over the weekend after an expected strong storm did not materialize, and outages were quickly restored.