Tuesday, 20 August, 2019


Tesla electric vehicle catches fire after hitting tow truck in Moscow

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
Conrad Doyle | 13 August, 2019, 10:41

The viral video shows the vehicle, in flames, as it hit with a truck on Russian Highway.

The driver, who was 41 and traveled with his two kids, broke a leg and sustained multiple chest injuries.

It was also revealed that the NHTSA had issued at least five subpoenas requesting more information from Tesla about crashes in which their vehicles were involved, Reuters reported.

Tesla has faced scrutiny over previous accidents in which vehicles with Autopilot engaged crashed into stopped or stalled vehicles, including a fatal crash with a streetsweeper truck in China in 2016.

The accident took place at around 2100 Moscow time (1800 GMT).

It is not clear whether Mr Tretyakov's vehicle automatically slowed itself before colliding with the truck. According to reports, two small explosions happened shortly after the crash and the metal frame of the vehicle was the only remaining parts of the auto after the fire.

We have seen plenty of stories regarding Tesla accidents and plenty in which the Autopilot actually saved the driver and passengers.

Joe Young, media relations associate for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), demonstrates a front crash prevention test on a 2018 Tesla Model 3 at the IIHS-HLDI Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia, U.S., July 22, 2019. The former further stated that Tretyakov was driving holding the steering wheel in his hands and with driver assistance activated, the "trimmed Autopilot".

The incident happened at around 9pm local time (6pm GMT) on Saturday 10th.

Just last month the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) added that it had contacted Tesla late past year to request it stop publicising misleading comments about the Model 3's safety.

This is an edited version of a story that originally appeared on The Sun and is republished with permission.

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