NTSB to investigate fatal Tesla accident

Daniel Fowler
May 11, 2018

The team of four is expected to arrive in Florida Wednesday evening. The third passenger, who was in the back seat and ejected from the auto on impact, was identified this week as Alexander Berry, 18, also of Fort Lauderdale.

The NTSB does not expect Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system to be a part of the investigation.

Tesla issued a statement noting that if Autopilot had been engaged, "it would have limited the vehicle's speed to 35 miles per hour or less on this street, which is inconsistent with eyewitness statements and the damage to the vehicle".

Earlier this month, Tesla and the NTSB got into an open feud over Tesla's release of information from the probe into the Mountain View crash.

A local resident told CBS affiliate WFOR that the fire made it hard for observers to help the car's occupants. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 150,000 gasoline auto fires occur in the US every year. "There were people trying to get there but it wasn't happening". You can read the company's full statement below.

"Our feelings will be with the relatives and friends impacted via this tragedy", Tesla claimed in an statement.

A Tesla Model S electric auto is seen at its dealership in Seoul, South Korea July 6, 2017.

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The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck a wall and the electric-vehicle battery caught fire. This would be the second Tesla vehicle to ignite after hitting a concrete barrier in less than two months.

A Tesla spokesperson told Business Insider the company is "working to establish the facts of the incident" and will cooperate with local authorities.

Commenting on the accident, Tesla said, "We have not yet been able to retrieve the logs from the vehicle, but everything we have seen thus far indicates a very high-speed collision and that Autopilot was not engaged".

"Serious high-speed collisions can result in a fire, regardless of the type of auto. This doesn't change how devastating an event like this is for our customer's family and friends, and our hearts are with them".

The involvement of a Tesla and battery fire has naturally attracted widespread media attention.

Chris O'Neil, spokesman for the NTSB, said Wednesday that investigators don't know what caused the battery fire.

The agency examined a California crash in March to see whether the auto pilot was activated. Each side disagreed over who ended Tesla's party status. Tesla is doubly exposed should the NTSB find their use is unsafe: Not only does it use them in all of its vehicles, it also makes the batteries itself at its "Gigafactory" facility in Nevada.

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