Highway Patrol has responded to more than 100 weather-related wrecks in Onslow County.
Icy curves on Gum Branch Road proved too much for SUV's, trucks and cars on Thursday. They slid into ditches and got a little help from Ronnie Newbold and his tractor.
Walt Eakins was one of those who got stuck on the ice.
"He's a hero," Eakins said of Newbold. "I need to say thank you. He got me out and now I can get to work."
Newbold said, "I'm not a hero. My neighbor and I are just trying to help people and keep them safe, but people need to stay off the roads."
A few miles elsewhere on Half Moon Church Road, a semi ran off the road. Traffic was detoured for three hours.
Half Moon Volunteer Fire Department Chief Greg Jeppson urged people to "stay off the roads of Onslow County until we can get this figured out.
It seems everybody was stretched "to the max." Troopers also urged people to stay home.
They say they have had nearly 350 calls for wrecks in the Troop B area, which includes Onslow and Duplin counties.