Tesla Explodes After Crashing Into Tow Truck While on Autopilot

Tesla Model S Explodes After Crash Injures 3 People

Tesla Model S Explodes After Crash Injures 3 People

He later said the auto had been in "drive assistance mode", in which enhanced safety features are enabled but the driver's hands remain on the wheel, and that he had failed to see the truck.

A Tesla Model S burst into flames on the side of a Russian highway late Saturday evening after colliding with a tow truck. Driver, Alexey Tretiyakov, and his two children escaped the vehicle before it was engulfed in flames. Two small explosions occurred within a few seconds of each other.

Footage shown on Russian News Channel Rossiya 24 showed that the only part of the auto remaining after the fire was the metal frame.

Federal regulators also scolded Tesla chief executive Elon Musk past year for making what they said were "misleading statements" on Tesla safety, including claiming that Tesla's Model 3 has the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle the federal government had tested.

The video shows how the electric vehicle collides with a truck that was by the side of a highway with its hazard lights on. According to reports, the vehicle was reportedly on Autopilot at the time of the accident.

The driver, Alexei Tretyakov, 41, said he was traveling at the speed limit of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour when he veered into the tow truck.

Reuters reported that a Tesla owner filed a lawsuit against the electric vehicle maker on the ground that the company restricted the range of batteries of older vehicles through the software update to avoid recall to resolve what the plaintiff claim are defective batteries.

Tesla's Model 3 sedan.

Last year, Apple engineer Walter Huang died when his Autopilot-engaged Model X crashed into a traffic barrier in California.

In the latest report it said a Tesla fire had occurred for every 170 million miles travelled between 2012 and 2018 compared to a petrol-powered vehicle fire for every 19 million miles travelled in the United States in the same period.

Tesla was not immediately available for a comment on the incident outside normal business hours.