Tesla driver sprinted through yellow light before Florida crash

driver Tesla Ink’s car, which caught fire after crashing into a tree last September in Florida, applied maximum acceleration and was racing multiple times off the speed limit, investigators said Wednesday.

In an initial report on the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said the car sped through a yellow light at an intersection, and reached a speed of 90 mph.

The battery caught fire after the impact on September 13 in Coral Gables, Florida. Firefighters found it difficult to try to put out the fire, which has at least flared up again, according to the NTSB. A 20-year-old man who was driving and a 19-year-old woman traveling have died, according to police.

The report contained no indication that the car’s automation systems, known as autopilot, were involved.

The fatal fire crash is the latest to come under the safety check of Tesla’s innovative electric vehicles. The NTSB is also investigating a crash and fatal fire in Spring, Texas, on April 17.

NTSB said the speed limit in the Florida neighborhood where the accident occurred was 30 miles per hour. An initial review of the vehicle’s event data logger showed that when the vehicle reached the intersection, the driver hit the accelerator pedal 100%.

The NTSB said the vehicle left the road, crashed into one tree on its left front and then continued another 42 feet where it crashed into another tree on the passenger side.

The NTSB has repeatedly raised concerns in recent years over issues related to lithium battery fires in a series of investigations involving Tesla and other vehicles and aircraft. The investigative agency issued several recommendations in a safety report on the issue in January, calling on Washington regulators, manufacturers and firefighting groups to better prepare for such fires.

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