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Tesla Electric Car Catches Fire After Hitting Tow Truck In Moscow

Tesla Electric Car Catches Fire After Hitting Tow Truck In Moscow”

3 injured as Tesla goes up in flames & explodes on Moscow freeway (VIDEOS) A father and two kids suffered serious injuries after their Tesla S crashed into a tow truck on a freeway and caught fire, due to an alleged autopilot malfunction. According to preliminary reports, the vehicle was on autopilot during the incident. The driver, director general of investment fund Arikapital Alexey Tretyakov, was hospitalized, while two of his children, who were also with him in the auto, suffered minor injuries.

The eyewitness is filming the other side of the ring road as they pass the crashed Tesla when the vehicle explodes, engulfing the auto in flames and thick black smoke.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has defended Tesla electric vehicles, saying that the cars are less likely to catch on fire than regular cars with combustion engines.

Russia's RIA state news agency website posted a video showing the auto driving in the left-hand lane of Moscow's ring road, known as the MKAD, before crashing into a tow truck parked by a safety fence that separates the carriageway from oncoming traffic.

The driver, Alexei Tretyakov, 41, said he was traveling at the speed limit of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour when he veered into the tow truck. Fortunately, all three managed to escape the vehicle before the two explosions. This is not the first report of a Tesla on Autopilot crashing into stopped vehicles.

Joe Young, media relations associate for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), demonstrates a front crash prevention test on a 2018 Tesla Model 3 at the IIHS-HLDI Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia, U.S., July 22, 2019.

Currently, Tesla's Autopilot does not support full-self driving capabilities meaning the driver must be engaged with driving at all times, TechRepublic reported.



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