Thursday, 23 May, 2019

A Tesla Autopilot auto plowed into a truck

Police in a Salt Lake City suburb say it's not immediately known whether a Tesla Model S sedan's semi-autonomous Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light at 60mph – apparently without braking
Cecil Davis | 14 May, 2018, 09:14

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating at least two other crashes involving Tesla vehicles.

The incident occurred in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan on Friday, when the Tesla S slammed into a fire department's mechanics truck while it was stopped at a red light. According to the police, the female driver has suffered a a minor injury of broken ankle but vehicle has undergone heavy damage. Police say the driver of the UFA truck was not injured and left later in the same truck.

The Tesla's air bags were activated in the crash, South Jordan police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said Saturday.

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It didn't appear that brakes were applied before the accident, and witnesses didn't see the auto slow before it crashed into the back of a Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck at 60 miles per hour in the town of South Jordan outside of Salt Lake City, reported the local Gephardt Daily.

It's not known if the Autopilot system was engaged during the crash. There was light rain falling and the roads were reported to have been wet at the time of the collision. However, Tesla has warned that drivers must still keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel in order to prevent accidents from taking place. In March, a Tesla Model X SUV crashed on a California highway, killing the driver, and investigators are looking into the performance of the semi-autonomous driving system in that crash.

Two teens - Edgar Monserratt and Barrett Riley - were both killed when their Tesla Model S crashed into a wall on Seabreeze Blvd. and burst into flames.