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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — After Hurricane Sandy hit more than a month ago, visitors and residents were stuck with two ways on and off Hatteras Island, and both involved hours-long ferry rides.

Then, the state Transportation Department opened the broken section of NC Highway 12, which leads to the mainland, to four-wheel drive traffic, but only to those vehicles capable of driving over sand. And that’s when homegrown entrepreneurship kicked in for three companies that now offer to take two-wheel-drive vehicles across that sandy section of road on trailers or tow trucks.

Jarvis Williams of Buxton set up shop in a camper at Rodanthe, charging people $25 each way to tow or carry their cars on a trailer. He says people are especially appreciative of the service since the wait for one ferry can last hours.

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