Driver Killed in Tesla Crash, Fire in Davie, Florida
DAVIE, FL. – According to a news story reported online by thedrive.com, a driver was killed in a Tesla crash and resulting fire in Davie, Florida. The report from The Drive describes several things that seemingly went wrong with the Tesla after the accident.*
The crash happened on Sunday, February 24, on Flamingo Road in Davie. A 2016 Tesla Model S traveling on the roadway crossed over three lanes of travel, drove into the median, and hit several trees, according to The Drive. After impact, the vehicle caught on fire.
The Drive reports that witnesses and first responders noticed that the door handles on the Tesla failed to deploy. This model of Tesla has door handles that move in and out. When the car is locked or in motion, the handles are flush with the door and cannot be opened. They are supposed to deploy when the air bags deploy, but for some reason, this did not occur, according to the report.
In addition, after inflating, the air bags did not deflate. Bystanders and emergency responders reported that they could not see inside the vehicle and could not get to the driver before the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to extinguish the vehicle fire, but then the ruptured vehicle battery reignited. The driver, who was not identified, did not survive.
A spokesperson for Tesla issued a statement to The Drive, which said, “We are deeply saddened by this accident, and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy. We have reached out to the local authorities to offer our cooperation. We understand that speed is being investigated as a factor in this crash, and know that high speed collisions can result in a fire in any type of car, not just electric vehicles.”
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