Five coal miners in West Virginia assisted a tourist whose electric vehicle died on the road by pushing the car up to their plant in order to recharge it on Friday, WTRF reported.
Republican state Sen. Randy Smith of Tucker County, who works at the mine, shared the moment on Facebook.
“Some days are just better than others. Today at our mine off Corridor H an electric car from DC ran out of battery at the road entrance to the mine,” Smith said in his post. “Someone called one of our foreman and told him a car was broke down in the middle of our haul road. He went to investigate and found out they had indeed ran out of juice coming from DC to Davis for a get away weekend.”
“He then went back to the mine and got guys to push the car to the guard shack so they could plug in to charge. They couldn’t pull it because it was all plastic underneath and nothing to hook up to. So here are 5 coal miners pushing a battery car to the coal mine to charge up. If you look closely you can see our coal stockpile and load out in the background,” Smith continued.
Smith took the moment to make a point about humanity transcending politics, despite the clear irony of coal miners literally working hard to help someone from Washington with their electric car. He even noted that one of the miners gifted the driver with a “Friend of Coal” license plate in the olive branch moment. Obviously, nobody knows the politics of the driver, nor is that important. What matters is that kind people stepped up to help them out, even though they could’ve easily brushed them off.
“This just shows you coal miners are good people and will 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. one guy even dropped off a Friend of Coal license plate when he left to go home. Lol #Godblesscoalminers,” Smith said.
Democrats have been pushing toward a drastic shift toward electric cars in recent years, including a recent decision by the state of California to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. According to the Associated Press, 17 other states are also considering similar restrictions.