NTSB Investigating Electric Vehicle Postcrash Fire and Emergency Response

NTSB Investigating Electric Vehicle Postcrash Fire and Emergency Response

Preliminary investigation revealed that the Tesla auto, a gray 2014 model, drove off the roadway and struck a concrete wall while traveling southbound on Seabreeze Boulevard.

"The vehicle immediately caught on fire, becoming fully engulfed in flames", the FLPD said in a statement.

This marks the fourth investigation the NTSB has conducted into accidents involving Tesla's electric vehicles.

The agency said the investigation will focus on the emergency response related to the battery fire that followed the crash. The passenger who survived was identified as Alexander Berry. Tesla has said its autopilot capability, which has been linked to previous incidents, was most likely not switched on at the time of impact. Two victims in the front of the vehicle were killed at the scene, and a third male was injured.

Following another fatal accident in March that involved the car's battery bursting into flames, Tesla reported that the batteries in its vehicles are created to decrease the rate fire spreads, leaving enough time for occupants to exit the vehicle. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 150,000 gasoline vehicle fires occur in the USA every year. Everything we have seen thus far indicated a very high-speed collision and that Autopilot was not engaged.

A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the company is "working to establish the facts of the incident" and will cooperate with local authorities.

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On the company website, Tesla wrote "the reason this crash was so severe is that the crash attenuator, a highway safety barrier which is created to reduce the impact into a concrete lane divider, had either been removed or crushed in a prior accident without being replaced".

A separate team is still looking into the recent fatal Model X crash in California, which prompted a public spat with Tesla after the company released statements of the crash without clearing the releases with the lead investigator.

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends affected by this tragedy".

It's the second time in the past two months that the agency has investigated a Tesla fire.

According to the vehicle company, this was a "very high-speed collision and..."

In the aftermath of the March accident, Tesla helped the agency retrieve and interpret data from the vehicle's logs, but Tesla clashed with the agency over the company's decision to disclose information about the crash on its blog.

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