Good Samaritan in Marion helps clear neighborhood driveways

Richard Good uses his Kubota backhoe to clear his neighbor's driveways in Marion. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

One man in Marion decided to lend a hand to neighbors after roadways became icy and treacherous overnight.

As with much of Western North Carolina on Wednesday, travel in in McDowell County became dangerous after snow and ice covered roads. A number of drivers ended up sliding off secondary roads.

While traveling to Old Fort, News 13 crews found Richard Good using his Kubota backhoe to clear his neighbors' driveways for them.

"There's a lot of elderly people around that can't get out and scrape driveways," Good said. "Figured you were 65 years old, 70 years old, you need to go somewhere and you can't get out. It's nice to be able to get out."

Traveling along Whitson's Curve on Sugar Hill Road became hazardous on Wednesday. SUVs and trucks slid off and had to be pulled out by tow trucks. Witnesses said about 10 cars slid of the curve during the morning hours.

Forty-four county employees have been working during this latest snow storm. Twenty-four trucks and 550 tons of salt and salt mixture were used on McDowell County Roads, according to NCDOT.

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