Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Tesla Model 3 hits parked truck and catches fire

Watch Self-Driving Tesla Car Catch Fire and Explode After Collision in Moscow Tesla electric car bursts into flames after hitting tow truck in Moscow
Russell Knight | 12 August, 2019, 20:23

A Tesla Model 3 exploded in Moscow, Russia last night after a crash with a broken-down stopped tow truck. According to preliminary reports, the vehicle was on autopilot during the incident.

The eyewitness is filming the other side of the ring road as they pass the crashed Tesla when the vehicle explodes, engulfing the auto in flames and thick black smoke. The speed limit on the ring road is 100 kilometres per hour.

One eyewitness in a vehicle on the other side of the Moscow ring road-known as as the MKAD-captured the aftermath of the crash on camera, in footage that was later posted on social media.

Vehicle batteries can catch fire after a very hard impact, albeit Tesla fires are rare according to the company's own statistics. The father was reported to have suffered a concussion and a leg fracture, while the children suffered cervical spine and chest injuries.

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Tesla Inc stood by safety claims for its Model 3 earlier this week in the face of regulatory scrutiny, while documents showed the top United States automotive safety watchdog issued at least five subpoenas since past year seeking information about crashes involving the company's vehicles.

A similar event occurred in March, when a 50-year-old man in Florida crashed into a semitrailer while driving his Tesla, with federal investigators saying that the vehicle was on autopilot.

In response to the release of the documents, Tesla defended the Model 3 safety claims, arguing that they were based on the NHTSA's data.

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