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Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

NTSB Investigating After 2 Teens Die in Fiery Tesla Crash

NTSB Investigating After 2 Teens Die in Fiery Tesla Crash

Authorities in the United States are investigating a crash involving a Tesla Model S that killed two teenagers after bursting into flames in Florida. The agency will take appropriate action based on its review."The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it was opening a probe into the crash and sending four investigators".

According to local police, cited by NBC Miami, the cause of the crash seems to have been excessive speed. A yellow light warns drivers to slow to 25mph before a sharp left curve in the road; a witness tells ABC News the vehicle appeared to be going 50mph to 60mph when it crashed. "However, had autopilot been engaged, it would have limited the vehicle's speed to 35 miles per hour or less on this street, which is inconsistent with eyewitness statements and the damage to the vehicle". Tesla's billions of miles of actual driving data shows that a gas auto in the United States is five times more likely to experience a fire than a Tesla vehicle. Lauderdale which claimed the lives of two teens has drawn the interest of the National Transportation Safety Board.

It comes just as we learned that the Mountain View Fire Department shared a report with other fire departments about the aftermath of the fatal Tesla Model X accident in Mountain View that is now also under NTSB investigation.

Two high school students were killed in crash and a third 18 year old was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital.

After afatal Model X accidentin March that involved the vehicle's battery catching fire, Tesla said the batteries in its vehicles are created to decrease the rate at which a fire can spread.

It's important to note that Teslas pass all federal safety standards and meet all crash test criteria for cars for sale in the U.S.as well as other markets.

"The goal of these investigations is to understand the impact of these emerging transportation technologies when they are part of a transportation accident", Robert Sumwalt, NTSB Chairman, said in the press release.

Earlier, Tesla said its autopilot system was unlikely to have been a factor in the crash.

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends affected by this tragedy".

The NTSB issued a statement announcing their investigation into the crash.

Lithium-ion batteries like those used by Tesla can catch fire and burn rapidly in a crash, although Tesla has maintained its vehicles catch fire far less often than those powered by petrol.

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