4x4 rescue, strangers helping strangers

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The weather is getting better, but there is still work to be done.

Rescue volunteers are using their own 4x4 vehicles to help drivers stuck in the snow throughout El Paso County. One of those groups, "4x4orce."

The roads were a sheet of ice Thursday morning. But it didn't matter to the group of people putting themselves in danger to help others. In any weather, Joe Sugg and the 4x4orce. For this group, it's all hands on deck for a blizzard like the one that struck Colorado on Wednesday.

The team roams the roads looking for drivers who need help.

"Traffic is backed up up here, which means there's an issue," Sugg explained as he pulled up on the scene of a stranded driver.

Many people had no option but to abandon their cars on Wednesday and even into Thursday morning.

"When I hit the snowdrift it came up over my hood on the windshield," Sugg described while driving. "Here, just go all the way to the hook with that."

He and others go through snowdrifts, ditches, all kind of terrain to help complete strangers. Stranded during the whiteout conditions.

"The conditions are so bad. So many people who needed help it just became a person rescue mission," Sugg stated.

"At the end of it all at about 10 o'clock last night [Thursday night], we all had to walk down to Roller Coaster [Road] and get in an ambulance and go to the shelter for the night," one driver explained.

Once the 4x4orce team helps them out, it's on to the next challenge.

Whether that's a semi stuck on an icy hill. Or a slide off.

"There you go," Sugg shouted as they rescued another stranded driver. "Come on boss! You got it!" When you have a vehicle that allows you to get someplace that maybe somebody else couldn't get to, and you can help somebody get out of a bad situation, it's a nice thing to be able to do."

For this group it is all about helping out where you can and how you can.

The 4x4orce network says are getting hundreds of calls and they will be out to help wherever they are needed.

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