Good Samaritan rescues driver from burning car

Good Samaritan Richard "Kory" Barton
Good Samaritan Richard “Kory” Barton

GRANITE FALLS, NC (September 6, 2016)…A driver was rescued from her burning car by a Good Samaritan on HWY 321 in Granite Falls on Tuesday afternoon.

Lenoir resident Richard “Kory” Barton was traveling back home after a doctor’s visit in Hickory and came upon a burning vehicle. He told us that he stopped and ran back to the burning car to check on the driver and then proceeded to pull her to safety.

What appeared to be a violent rear-end collision between two cars, led to one of the cars catching on fire at the Highland Avenue/Lower Cedar Valley Road intersection on HWY 321 in Granite Falls, an intersection that is no stranger to accidents. The driver of the car that caught on fire was very fortunate to have escaped with only minor injuries…Thank You to the Good Samaritan. The car that was struck from behind was occupied by two people that were transported to the hospital with undetermined and believed to be non-life threatening injuries thankfully.


Granite Falls Fire Department arrived within seconds of the call to extinguish the car fire and secure the scene. Lovelady Rescue Squad, Caldwell EMS and the Granite Falls Police Department also responded.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.