W. Virginia Coal Miners Help Push Tourist’s Dead Electric Car
An electric vehicle broke down in West Virginia on Friday, but a group of coal miners was quick to help out.
The EV broke down along Corridor H in Tucker County as the driver was headed to Davis for a weekend getaway.
Photographs shared on Facebook by Tucker County Republican state Sen. Randy Smith show the car broken down in front of the Mettiki Coal access road on U.S. 48. [bold, links added]
“Someone called one of our foremen and told him a car was broke down in the middle of our haul road,” Smith said in his post.
Since the plastic underside of the vehicle prevented it from being towed, the miners decided to push it to the coal mine to charge up.
“So here are 5 coal miners pushing a battery car to the coal mine to charge up,” wrote Smith, noting that you can see the coal stockpile and loadout in the background.
“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 here where they could get some help because they couldn’t get a tow truck and this is out in the middle of nowhere.”
Smith said one of the coal miners dropped off a “Friend of Coal” license plate before going home.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal accounts for about 21% of all the electricity generated in the United States, including the power used to charge EVs.
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