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Self-driving Tesla on Autopilot is totaled after slamming into a fire truck stopped at a red light at 60mph when it failed to brake

Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light

A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has rear-ended a fire department truck at 60 mph (97 kph) apparently without braking before impact, but police say it's unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged. The cause of the Friday evening crash, involving a Tesla Model S and a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light, was under investigation, said police in South Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City.


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Tesla driver, 48, dies as his car smashes into a motorway central reservation and explodes into flames 'when its battery went into meltdown'

Tesla driver dies when car smashes into a motorway central reservation

The 48-year-German driver died when his car hit the barrier in the central reservation of a motorway in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino, turned over and burst into flames. In a statement, the locakl fire brigade said the violent impact of the accident caused a phenomenon known as 'thermal runaway' which caused the battery to explode. It is unclear whether the Tesla's autopilot system was engaged at the time. The crash comes as police in Utah are looking into a collision involving a Tesla electric car on autopilot that hit a fire department vehicle over the weekend. Pictured inset is a Tesla Model S saloon car.

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