NTSB seeks video, photos of fiery South Florida Tesla crash

U.S. security investigators are asking anybody who witnessed a fiery Tesla crash final week close to Miami that killed two individuals to ship them video or photographs taken on the scene.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Board despatched three investigators to the Sept. 13 crash in Coral Gables, Florida. The company says Thursday that it’s particularly searching for photographs or video of the crash itself or the fireplace that broke out after the collision.

A Tesla Mannequin 3 compact electrical automobile left the highway and hit a tree, and the automobile was consumed by the post-crash blaze. The NTSB stated it’s investigating the crash as a result of it’s taking a detailed have a look at newer expertise. The probe will concentrate on operation of the car and the fireplace.

Pictures and movies could be emailed to eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, the company stated.

Tesla autos don’t use gasoline that might elevate the danger of a giant fireplace after a crash, however the firm’s steering to first responders features a warning about battery fires. Tesla representatives have stated that high-speed collisions may end up in a fireplace for any type of automobile. The Coral Gables crash occurred close to a residential intersection, and it wasn’t instantly recognized whether or not velocity was an element.

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It was additionally unclear whether or not the automobile’s partially automated driving system was activated on the time of the crash. The federal government is scrutinizing Tesla’s system named Autopilot. Up to now 5 years, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration has despatched investigators to 31 crashes involving autos with partially automated driver-assist programs, together with 25 involving Teslas.

A red Tesla vehicle and a white Tesla vehicle parked on the street outside a brick building with T E S L A written on the exterior
The NTSB stated it’s trying into the crash of the Tesla Mannequin 3 as a result of it’s taking a detailed have a look at newer expertise like that used within the electrical car.
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The NTSB expects to have a preliminary report on the crash in mid-October. The company makes suggestions to different federal companies about doable security laws.

Coral Gables police have recognized the victims as a 20-year-old man, who was driving, and a 19-year-old girl. Coral Gables is situated southwest of downtown Miami.