A Tesla Model 3 electrical automotive caught hearth after crashing right into a parked tow truck on a Moscow motorway late on Saturday, with the Tesla driver saying he had did not see the automobile with which he collided.
Asked in a video revealed on REN TV web site if he was utilizing an Autopilot self-driving system, driver Alexei Tretyakov stated he was in a drive help mode in which he was nonetheless holding the steering wheel.
Tesla has stood by security claims for its Model 3 in the face of regulatory scrutiny, whereas paperwork confirmed the highest US automotive security watchdog issued at the least 5 subpoenas since final 12 months in search of details about crashes involving the corporate’s automobiles.
Tretyakov stated was driving at round 100 km (62 miles) per hour — the velocity restrict — when the automotive crashed on its left aspect into the stationary tow truck that he had not observed.
Footage of the incident on state TV channel Rossiya 24 confirmed the automotive by the aspect of the street engulfed in flames and thick black smoke. Two small explosions occurred inside a number of seconds of one another and the metallic body of the automobile was all that remained after the fireplace, TV footage confirmed.
Russia’s RIA state information company web site posted a video displaying the automotive driving in the left-hand lane of Moscow’s ring street, generally known as the MKAD, earlier than crashing right into a tow truck parked by a security fence that separates the carriageway from oncoming visitors.
The accident happened at round 2100 Moscow time (1800 GMT).
Tretyakov, a monetary market professional and the top of Arikapital funding firm, stated he broke his leg in the incident, whereas his two kids suffered solely bruises. They all escaped from the automobile.
Tesla was not instantly accessible for a touch upon the incident outdoors regular business hours.
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