Two men died after a Tesla car that authorities believed was operating without anyone in the driver’s seat crashed into a tree on Saturday night north of Houston.
One of the men in the front passenger seat and the other in the back seat of the Tesla, was moving at high speed along a curve before crashing into a tree at around 11:25 local evening, Harris County District 4 Constable Mark Herman said in an interview.
“Our preliminary investigation is determining – but not yet complete – that no one is at the wheel of that vehicle,” police said. “We are almost 99.9% sure.”
It took emergency responders about four hours and about 32,000 gallons of water to put out the fire that engulfed the electric vehicle, Constable Herman said. High voltage batteries such as the type used in Teslas can be Return after being damagedeven after the fire was extinguished, according to the National Transportation Safety Commission.
As of Sunday, the authorities are still investigating whether the front passenger airbag will be deployed and whether the car’s advanced driver assistance system will be activated at the time. crash out or not. Tesla Inc.
nor did the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading US auto safety regulator, responded to requests for comment.
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