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Watch a Tesla Model 3 Explode on the Side of a Russian Highway

byVictor Tangermann
8. 12. 19
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Autopilot was reportedly on during the crash.

Model 3 Explosion

Videos on social media over the weekend show a Tesla Model 3 exploding into flames on the side of Moscow’s Ring Road highway after colliding with a stationary tow truck.

The vehicle belonged to Aleksey Tretyakov, who got away with a broken nose and leg, according to Reuters. His children only suffered bruises. But the incident does shine yet another spotlight on Autopilot, an assisted-driving feature that was reportedly enabled during the accident.

High Speed Crash

The Model 3 reportedly plowed into a stationary tow truck late on Saturday while going around 100 km/h. Tretyakov told local television network REN TV that Autopilot mode, Tesla’s driving assistance feature, was on during the crash — but that he also had his hands on the steering wheel.

The news comes after the family of Jeremy Beren Banner, a Model 3 owner who died when he crashed into a tractor-trailer while “Autopilot” mode was on, decided to sue Tesla for wrongful death earlier this month.

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CCTV Footage

CCTV footage shows the vehicle’s front left nose getting caught by the side of the tow truck.

Thanks for your note,” said a Tesla spokesperson in response to a request for comment. “We don’t have any comment on this but ask that you reference the vehicle fire and accident data published on our website here,” along with a link to this page.

Editor’s note: this story has been updated with a response from Tesla.

READ MORE: Tesla electric car catches fire after hitting tow truck in Moscow [Reuters]

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