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Jeeps rescue stranded drivers in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeeps come to the rescue of stranded drivers in Louisville and incredible video shows them towing a tractor trailer.

In the video, you can hear the excitement as a caravan of Jeeps passes the person taking the video. The video shows five Jeeps hooked together, pulling a semi up a hill. 

"We just happened to show up at the right time, and we commenced to pulling," said Derek Smith, a Jeep owner.

They didn't rescue just one semi, but three that shut down Taylorsville Road in Jeffersontown Wednesday night. 

"We utilized teamwork and the tools with the Jeeps to get those trucks out of the way so people could get home. They'd been sitting there for hours, they're hungry, tired," said Smith.

Smith is a member of the Derby City Jeep Club, which has about 120 members they call family. "We have members all the way up from southern indiana all the way down to Glendale and the Elizabethtown area," said Smith.

They all have one thing in common: they love Jeeps. "It's been a love affair for a long time for sure," said Smith of his enjoyment of the off-road vehicle.

Not only do they love Jeeps, they enjoy helping people. When the storm hit, about 20 Jeeps spread out across Louisville in teams. 

By Thursday afternoon they helped pull 150 vehicles out of tough situations. 

They figured along the way, they could try helping a few semis. 

"Mine's a 12,000 pound wench," said Chris Martin, another member describing the tools on his Jeep, "to pull something that heavy, it wouldn't have been able to do it." But with teamwork and a lot of Jeep spirit, they pulled three semis stuck in snow.

The rugged outdoor vehicles and the people inside them have become some people's saving grace. 

"We don't do this to be superheroes, it's a sense of satisfaction knowing that we're able to help people," said Smith. "Seeing the smiles on their faces and the handshakes you get, that's priceless to us. We don't want money, we don't do it for any monetary reason, it's just to make a difference."

Even in warm months club members help people who are stuck and participate in fundraisers for many charities throughout the year.
The Derby City Jeep Club has a fan page on Facebook. If you are stuck, they say you can ask them for help on there.

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