This Is Too Good…Coal Miners in WV Encounter a Stranded Electric Vehicle
Truth is not only stranger than fiction, but it’s also ofter better! That’s true about a photo that has gone viral across the nation.
An electric vehicle ran out of juice on a road in West Virginia. But, thank goodness for the driver, there was a group of people that came to the rescue.
Wait for it…the rescuers were a group of five coal miners!
Randy Smith is a GOP member of the West Virginia Senate who represents the 14th District. He is also a coal miner and he shared the popular photo on Friday.
The electric car ran out of its battery charge on U.S. 48. It stopped right in front of the Mettiki Coal access road in Tucker County.
The stranded driver was from out of town and workers from the coal mine were ready to help.
“Some days are just better than others,” Smith wrote on a Facebook post. “Today at our mine off Corridor H an electric car from D.C. ran out of battery at the road entrance to the mine.”
“Someone called one of our foremen and told him a car was broke down in the middle of our haul road,” Smith added. “He went to investigate and found out they had indeed ran out of juice coming from DC to Davis for a getaway weekend.”
The foreman from the mine wanted to tow the electric vehicle with a truck, but the EV was “all plastic underneath and nothing to hook up to.” So he went to the coal mine to get some workers to help push the car to the guard house.
Five miners came to help out and thus we have a great, ironic photo.
“If you look closely you can see our coal stockpile and load out in the background,” Smith explained.
Smith noted, “This just shows you coal miners are good people and will go out of their way to help anyone friend or foe.”
Smith teased, “One guy even dropped off a ‘Friend of Coal’ license plate when he left to go home. Lol.”
"So here are 5 coal miners pushing a battery car to the coal mine to charge up." https://t.co/qDCRxN62Wf
— WTRF 7News (@WTRF7News) September 4, 2022