Two men were killed in Texas after a Tesla they were in crashed on Saturday and caught fire. According to the authorities, neither of the men were behind the wheel.
Meanwhile. U.S. safety regulators are probing crashes involving Tesla, suspecting the company’s Autopilot system might be involved.
As being reported, the vehicle, a 2019 Model S, was going at a “high rate of speed” around a curve at 11:25 p.m. local time when it went off the road about 100 feet and hit a tree on Saturday night north of Houston.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman in an interview briefed about the incident.
“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,” he added.
It took emergency responders about four hours and roughly 32,000 gallons of water to put out the fire that engulfed the electric vehicle, Constable Herman added.
The regulators in US have raised concerns about the batteries used in electric vehicles.
In a report back in 2020. The National Transportation Safety Board warned that the batteries can pose safety risks to emergency responders.