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Authorities Still Investigating Deadly Florida Tesla Collision

March 08, 2019

DAVIE, FL. – According to an online news report posted by, authorities are still investigating the Tesla collision that occurred last month in Davie, Florida. The collision caused the death of the driver and led to numerous issues for firefighters in putting out a fire in the vehicle’s battery pack.* 

On February 24, a man was driving a Tesla Model S and veered across several lanes of travel, then crashed into the median. The Tesla collided with a palm tree, and a fire quickly broke out. Multiple news reports indicate that police tried to free the driver from the vehicle before it became engulfed in flames, but they were not able to do so, and the man died at the scene. 

During that night and into the next morning, the battery pack inside the Tesla caught on fire three more times, prompting firefighters to return to the tow lot over and over to put out the fire. Because the batteries were still holding power, the ruptured bank perpetually overheated and reignited.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident. They are not sure at this time whether the driver was using Autopilot, which is a semi-autonomous feature in Tesla vehicles. Police have stated that the driver was traveling 75 to 90 mph. 

After learning of the crash, Tesla released the following statement: “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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Category: Auto Accidents

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