Fatal Tesla Crash in Texas Believed to Be Driverless
By Rebecca Elliott
Two men died after a Tesla vehicle that authorities believe was
operating without anyone in the driver's seat crashed into a tree
Saturday night north of Houston.
One of the men was in the front passenger's seat and the other
was in the back seat of the Tesla, which was traveling at high
speed along a curve before it hit a tree around 11:25 p.m. local
time, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said in an
"Our preliminary investigation is determining -- but it's not
complete yet -- that there was no one at the wheel of that
vehicle," the constable said. "We're almost 99.9% sure."
It took emergency responders about four hours and roughly 32,000
gallons of water to put the fire out, Mr. Herman said. As of Sunday
morning, authorities were still investigating whether the front
passenger air bag deployed.
Neither Tesla Inc. nor the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, the top U.S. auto safety regulator, immediately
responded to requests for comment.
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April 18, 2021 13:34 ET (17:34 GMT)
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