Watch this Tesla explode after hitting a truck

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Aug 2019

A Tesla Model 3 has exploded after hitting a stationary tow truck at 100km/h in Russia (where else?).

The Tesla was in “drive assistance mode”, driver Alexei Tretyakov still holding the steering wheel. Presumably, the car was operating the accelerator and the brakes but failed to see the static tow truck. Neither did Tretyakov, who ploughed into the truck at a reported 100km/h. How he missed the truck is beyond us but we presume distracted driving was at play.

In the video above, you can see the Tesla brake moments before impact, although it’s unclear if the car or Tretyakov braked.

Tretyakov and his two daughters escaped before the Tesla caught fire, though it should be mentioned that the batteries don’t look to be the culprit. The lights are still on, visible in another video. The state of the passengers is unclear, with conflicting reports emerging. Some said that everyone escaped without injury, while others claim that all three passengers are in hospital with moderate to serious injuries.

The Tesla exploded twice in quick succession a short time later, caught on video. Some bystanders reckon it could have been the airbags exploding, triggered by the fire.

Exactly what happened may never come to light but Tesla will be able to tell if Autopilot was engaged and working correctly at the time of the crash, as well as how the brakes were applied. Needless to say, it’s good the Model 3 has a five-star safety rating, as this story could have had a rather different ending.

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