NHTSA to Investigate 'Violent' Tesla T-Bone Accident with Tractor-Trailer Truck
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has sent a team of investigators to investigate the horrific Tesla underride accident last occurred week. The accident happened at around 3:20 AM on March 11, 2021, in southwest Detroit, Michigan.
According to the local police investigating the accident, a man and woman were riding in a Tesla when the vehicle passed through the intersection of Fort Street and Waterman Street and collided with a semi-tractor-trailer truck. The collision left the Tesla car wedged underneath the truck's trailer. All of the occupants inside the Tesla were transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment, and the passenger in the Tesla was listed in critical medical condition.
The Detroit Police have not been able to ascertain whether Tesla's Autopilot function was engaged at the time of the accident. This appears to be one of the key reasons why NHTSA has determined to investigate the accident. This accident is similar to two additional high-profile accidents involving Teslas having underride accidents with semi-tractor-trailer trucks while Autopilot mode is engaged.
Tesla spokespeople have stated that its Autopilot is a driver assist technology, and drivers should be prepared to take control of the vehicle at any time.
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