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Tesla Model S Catches Fire on Russian Highway

August 14, 2019

MOSCOW, RUSSIA  - According to an online news article published by, a Tesla Model S caught fireon a highway near Moscow after colliding with a tow truck.*

A Russian businessman and his children were traveling in their Tesla Model S on a highway when the vehicle struck a tow truck that was tending to another vehicle on the side of the highway.  The impact of the collision caused the Tesla Model S to catch fire and subsequently explode while in slow-moving traffic.  

A state-owned TV network reports that the Tesla Model S was likely in Autopilot at the time of the accident, and the vehicle could not recognize the tow truck ahead. 

The Russian accident involving a Tesla in Autopilot mode is not the first to result in a fire.  In March of 2019, a 50-year-old man was killed when his Tesla Model 3, while in Autopilot mode, collided with a tractor-trailer in Florida.  

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver of the Tesla Model 3 turned on Autopilot mode 10 seconds before the accident happened.  The Tesla apparently did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel at the time of impact with the tractor-trailer.

Another accident involving a Tesla happened in March of 2018 when a Model X slammed into a barrier on a California highway.  According to the NTSB, the Autopilot mode was activated at the time of the accident.  The Tesla’s battery was “breached” during the accident, and the vehicle ultimately caught fire.

Yet another accident involving Autopilot mode happened in May of 2016 when a 40-year-old man was killed when his Model S collided with a tractor-trailer that was making a turn.  The roof of the Model S struck the bottom of the tractor-trailer while passing underneath, causing the vehicle to run off the road and hit two fences and a power pole. 

In January of 2019, a 23-year-old was killed when his/her Tesla Model S collided with a truck while traveling on a highway in China.  The Model S, according to dashcam footage, was traveling at average highway speed and did not take any steps to avoid slamming into the truck.  Reports indicate that the vehicle was in Autopilot mode.

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