"Backhoe Across America" makes Lubbock stop - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/10

"Backhoe Across America" makes Lubbock stop

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A backhoe bound for the west coast made a stop in Lubbock Monday morning on a mission of mercy for the people of Haiti.  Back on January 12th Haiti suffered a 7.0 magnitude earthquake killing as many as 230,000 people and leaving as many as one million people homeless. 

An event called Backhoe Across America started March 26th in Tybee Island Georgia.  A JCB backhoe scooped up a bucket of sand from east coast and will drop it off in Santa Monica California. 

Along they way the backhoe makes stops such as Lubbock.  Their goal is to raise $1 million.

"We're averaging about 30 mph. So, we're holding a little bit of traffic up, so I'll ask everybody to bear with us," says Smith.

Neil says when they finish, he'll have traveled 3,125 miles. The JCB crew hopes to arrive in Santa Monica, California by April 20th.

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