In the time-honored tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, Amish came to the rescue yesterday, after snowfall in Tennessee caused an SUV to plant itself in a ditch. From WKRN:
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — There’s horsepower and then there’s HORSEpower. During Monday’s major snowfall across Middle Tennessee, many good Samaritans lent a helping hand to drivers who were stuck in the muck.
An SUV ended up in a ditch on Buffalo Road in Ethridge around noon but help was on the way, courtesy of a group of Amish who were in the area.
“Amish wrecker service,” the video filmer (I assume Sandra Newton) jokes at one point. Two of what appears to be powerful Belgian horses provide the oomph, with several other Amish guys assisting with a push on the front end. It takes several tries, but the SUV is soon freed, as you can see in the video below. Once again, low tech comes to the rescue of high tech.
This is only the latest in a long tradition of Amish helping out stranded English drivers using their hooved vehicle extractors. Other examples include a similar ditch rescue in the same Tennessee community (almost exactly two years ago), and a Pennsylvania Amish farmer using a team to rescue an 18-wheeler.
I have a soft spot for these stories, because I’ve been the beneficiary of a similar vehicle rescue (though in my case the Amishman used a tractor, and mud was the cause of my downfall, not snow).
UPDATE: I did a video on this rescue operation, and the others I mention above, including some footage of the Amish farmer getting the 18-wheel milk truck unstuck. Towards the end, I tell my story of an Amishman once getting me out of a ditch.