Tesla, possibly on autopilot, slams into truck in dramatic Utah wreck


It comes amid two separate probes involving fatal Tesla crashes.

Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's airbags were activated and the auto driver suffered a broken ankle but the truck driver didn't require treatment.

The Associated sources reported that it is not yet known whether the Autopilot system was engaged in the crash or not, investigations are in process and the National Transportation Safety Board have also been contacted.

Meantime, the deadly accident last week involving a Tesla in Fort Lauderdale is now a Federal investigation.

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The car's brakes - according to witnesses - apparently were not deployed before the crash.

"Tesla has not yet received any data from the vehicle and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged". The company, which is based in Palo Alto, California, and has a huge battery factory in the Reno, Nevada, area, tells drivers the system requires them to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel so they can take control to avoid accidents. One of those happened on Tuesday, when a Model S crashed into a concrete wall and caught fire in Florida.

The female driver of the Tesla, from Lehi, was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including a broken right ankle. The agency and Tesla have both stated that they do not believe the accident was caused by the car's autopilot feature.

In a conference call earlier this month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk slammed journalists for reporting on the dangers of autonomous vehicles. "So anyway, I'm really upset by this", he said.