U.S. safety investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the Tesla fire near Miami that killed two people to send them video or photos taken at the scene.
WASHINGTON – U.S. security investigators are asking anyone who witnessed last week’s Tesla fire near Miami that killed two people to send them video or photos of the scene.
A Tesla Model 3 compact electric car came off the road and crashed into a tree, and the car caught fire after the accident. The NTSB said it was investigating the crash because it was looking at new technology. The investigation will focus on vehicle and fire operations.
The agency said photos and videos can be emailed to email@example.com.
Tesla vehicles do not use gasoline, which can increase the risk of a major fire after an accident, but the company’s guidelines for first responders include a battery fire warning. Tesla representatives said the high-speed collision could result in any vehicle catching fire. The Coral Gables crash occurred near a residential intersection, and it was not immediately clear if speed was a factor.
It was also not clear if the car’s partially automated driving system was active at the time of the accident. The government is testing Tesla’s system as an autopilot. In the last five years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent investigators to 31 accidents involving vehicles with partial automatic driver assistance systems, including 25 Teslas.
The NTSB expects a preliminary report on the crash in mid-October. The agency makes recommendations to other federal agencies about possible safety regulations.
Coral Gables police identified the victims as a 20-year-old man who was driving and a 19-year-old woman. Coral Gables is located southwest of Miami.