Driver of Tesla Model X Dies in Mountain View Crash

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A vehicle of Tesla is at the centre of yet another tragic crash, and the company is experiencing renewed scrutiny over concerns of safety as a result of the accident. The driver of a Model X has been discovered to be dead after his electric SUV crashed with a median barrier on Highway 101 in Mountain View and was subsequently hit by two other vehicles. The said incident destroyed the front half of the vehicle and caused a fire that involved the battery, leading Tesla to send one of its employees to investigate the accident. Some witnesses reported seeing some kind of fireball during the crash.

It is not certain whether or not the Autopilot was involved, or the degree to which the battery was involved in damaging the said vehicle. Fires are common in collisions regardless of the power plant. However, the California Highway Patrol believed that the battery might have played a role.

Tesla has been reached out for comment regarding the matter.

Regardless of the causes, the crash emphasises the uncertainties that are surrounding the safety of electric cars, especially as they introduce autonomous features. First responders still are not certain on how to deal with crashes that involved electric vehicles, and there is now the possibility for autonomous driving systems to play as much of a role as people.