DC driver gets help from West Virginia coal miners after EV car dies

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A Washington, DC, tourist ran out of battery power on a remote West Virginia road on Friday, and West Virginia coal miners came to the stranded driver’s aid. A picture of the rescue, showing coal miners pushing a disabled electric car, went viral over the weekend.

According to Tucker County State Republican Sen. Randy Smith who chronicled the event on Facebook, the road was near a coal mine on Mettiki Coal access road US 48, a few miles outside of Davis, West Virginia.

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,” noting that the EV was stopped in the middle of the haul road, and was an impediment to incoming traffic.

The good Samaritan coal miners quickly realized that the vehicle could not be towed since the bottom of the car was all plastic with nothing to hook onto. They were able to push the vehicle up the road to the mine so that the driver could recharge the vehicle.

Smith said of the picture of the five coal miners and driver pushing the vehicle, “If you look closely you can see our coal stockpile and load out in the background.”

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