In the middle of a remote West Virginia road, an electric vehicle of an unfortunate Washington, DC, tourist ran out of battery. But thankfully, for the rescue of the stranded traveler, a few unlikely good Samaritans were nearby to help. According to WTRF, Tucker County State Sen. Randy Smith (R) recounted the wild sequence of events on Facebook, which occurred near a coal mine on Mettiki Coal access road U.S. 48, a few miles outside of Davis.
Smith wrote: “Today at our mine off Corridor H an electric car from DC ran out of battery at the road entrance to the mine.” The vehicle was stranded in the middle of the haul road, the state senator noted, which meant that workers had to act fast to not impede incoming traffic.
It was soon realized, when a few coal miners came to assist, that since the bottom of the car was all plastic with nothing to hook onto, the vehicle could not be moved by a tow truck. The coal miners worked with the driver, as there were just few options left, to push the vehicle up the road to the mine where the traveler could recharge his car, said Breitbart.
As the five coal miners and driver are seen pushing the vehicle in a photo, Smith noted: “If you look closely you can see our coal stockpile and load out in the background.” As the coal miners were more than willing to help the unfortunate traveler, the narrative of the electric vehicles, which have recently symbolized an elitist shift away from natural energy resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil to renewable energy sources, was set aside.
“This just shows you coal miners are good people and will go out of their way to help anyone, friend or foe,” Smith said. “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,” he added.
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One of the good Samaritans even had a gift for the D.C. driver, as he gifted him a “Friend of Coal” license plate to take home with him, Smith also noted.