Two killed after Tesla crashes into a tree at high speed

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    Two people died in a Tesla Model S in Indianapolis just after 1 a.m. on Thursday morning after the driver lost control at a curve, hit a tree, and crashed. A witness to the single car accident said the vehicle was barreling down the road before it collided with the obstacle and burst into flames.

    High speeds are thought to be a contributing factor to the crash.

    “There was one big explosion first, then there were several little small ones, and debris just kept popping up in the air like somebody was at a fireworks display or something,” Alfred Finnell, Jr. related. “It hit that tree, and it bounced around, and all of a sudden it just exploded. I had to accelerate my vehicle because all the car parts went up in the air. I had to accelerate just to get away from it.”

    Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the ablaze and both driver and passenger trapped inside. The impact of the crash left a debris field over 100 yards long. Firefighters had to contend with the car fire and multiple fires in the road left by the small batteries and magnesium strewn about.

    It took crews approximately 15 minutes to free the individuals within the Tesla, but, unfortunately, neither person survived.

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    Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith said electric vehicles pose unique challenges for first responders, who must use special caution when handling materials used in the car batteries. “The car, kind of, for lack of a better term, disintegrated. The batteries and the pieces and parts from the Tesla — all were on fire when firefighters initially arrived.” Reith elaborated on the challenges when firefighters confront an electric car crash. “There's a lot of volatility in those batteries when they're exposed unnecessarily. They are pretty well-contained until they get into something like this, where the impact literally made the car just completely blow apart.”

    Authorities have not commented publicly as to whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

    Tesla has been in the news in recent years when one of their cars has caught fire. However, it is important to note that there are 17 automobile fires every hour in the U.S.

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    The Indy Star revealed the cause of November's fiery Tesla crash to be related to drunk driving.

    The driver in a deadly, fiery November crash of a Tesla electric vehicle on the north side had more than twice the legal driving limit of alcohol in her blood, according to metropolitan police investigators.

    The blood-alcohol level for Casey Speckman tested at 0.21 percent, according to investigators and an accident report released early Friday. The legal limit in Indiana at which a driver is presumed intoxicated is 0.08 percent.

    The only passenger and the owner of the Tesla, Kevin McCarthy, had a blood-alcohol level that tested at 0.17 percent, investigators said.


    More here - http://www.indystar.com/story/news/...gation-drunken-driving-indianapolis/97597708/
     
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    Very tragic. They also have a video of the crash investigation which can be seen here. The Sergeant in charge of the investigation is heard describing the challenges encountered by first responders when approaching this "new technology type of vehicle".

    http://www.indystar.com/videos/embed/97613056/?fullsite=true

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    Very sad. hopefully more first responders can learn about Tesla's and how to deal with them quickly and safely. The nice thing is- usually they get trained when Tesla builds a supercharger nearby or opens a store.
     
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    That's sad. The cut off for the batteries in late 2013 and onwards Model S is in two places... For this reason.

    Weird that the car was on fire...
     
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    I remember the cause of the first "Tesla fire" that became sensationalized across media was due to a punctured battery. Based on these photos, the Model S seems to have hit a tree head on so I'm wondering how the fire could ensue assuming the battery wasn't punctured.

    Anyone know?
     

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