Tesla Model S crash kills US driver after door handles fail in resulting fire
Following an incident in 2016 which involved a Tesla S driver who was killed after leaving his car unattended in its so-called “Autopilot” mode, Tesla is in the headlines for another crash. This accident that happened in Florida, US, ended up in the unfortunate loss of the driver’s life as the responders were not able to open the fancy doors of the Tesla Model S.
The Model S is fitted with door handles that sit flush in the panels. Ideally, in the event of an accident in which an airbag gets inflated, these handles extend themselves out, enabling access to rescue teams. But in this case, witnesses say that it didn’t happen. Due to this, the emergency responders and onlookers were unable to rescue the driver from the car which had started to go up in flames after it hit a tree.
As per the witnesses, the Model S was speeding and it had crossed three lanes of traffic before losing control and crashing into the tree. An officer from the local police tried to get the driver out of the vehicle by breaking the glass, which did not manage to do so.
The fire was gradually put out but, sadly, it was too late for the driver. The Model S reignited itself during the transport from the scene, which is apparently a common occurrence for electric cars after an accident which damages their batteries. This is not the first Tesla to catch fire either, as many other such fiery accidents involving the EV brand’s products have been caught on camera as well.
Tesla responds, “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.”
There is video of the fire from witnesses.