Washington DC tourist’s electric vehicle ran out of battery in West Virginia, coal miners came to assist
On Friday, a tourist from Washington, District of Columbia was traveling through rural West Virginia when the battery in his electric vehicle died in the middle of the road. The unfortunate tourist was able to be rescued from his precarious situation thanks to the presence of a few random but selfless Samaritans in the area.
According to WTRF, a strange chain of events was detailed on Facebook by Tucker County State Sen. Randy Smith (R), which took place near a coal mine on the Mettiki Coal access road U.S. 48, a few miles west of Davis, West Virginia.
Smith reported in his email that the following happened “today at our mine off Corridor H: an electric car from DC ran out of charge at the road entry to the mine.”
The state senator pointed out that the vehicle had broken down in the midst of the haul route, which meant that the workers had to move quickly in order to avoid blocking the path of approaching vehicles.
It was soon determined that the vehicle could not be lifted by a tow truck since the bottom of the automobile was made entirely of plastic and there was nothing to hook onto. This became apparent as a few coal miners came to assist.
Due to the few choices that were available, the coal miners collaborated with the driver to push the vehicle up the road to the mine so that the traveler may recharge his vehicle there.
As five coal miners and a driver are seen pushing a vehicle in the shot, Smith remarked, “If you look closely you can see our coal stockpile and load out in the backdrop.” The photo shows the five coal miners and the driver.
Electric vehicles have recently come to represent an aristocratic shift away from natural energy supplies such as coal, natural gas, and oil toward renewable energy sources. However, on Friday, this narrative was cast aside as the coal miners were more than happy to assist the stranded passenger.
According to Smith, “This just goes to show you that coal miners are nice people who are willing to go out of their way to help anyone, friend or foe.”
“I’m honestly glad they ended up where they could get some help because they couldn’t get a tow truck to come and this is out in the middle of nowhere.”
Smith went on to say that one of the good Samaritans even presented the driver from Washington, DC with a “Friend of Coal” license plate for him to take with him when he went home.