2 dead in Tesla crash after driver climbed into passenger seat while in auto-pilot mode

by Joel Abbott · Apr 19th, 2021 3:26 pm
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Last Updated Apr 21st, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Two men were killed in a high-speed Tesla crash Sunday evening after the driver had reportedly engaged the vehicle's auto-pilot and climbed into the passenger seat.

The incident, which occurred just before midnight, happened 30 miles north of Houston, Texas. The two friends, aged 69 and 59, had reportedly left their wives at a nearby house and had taken the vehicle for a spin, according to local Constable Mark Herman.

Herman also said "no one was driving" at the time of the crash, indicating that investigators had found one body in the passenger seat and one in the rear seat.

The car reportedly failed to make a cul-de-sac turn at high speeds, crashed into a tree, and exploded in flames.

Firefighters used more than 30,000 gallons of water over four hours to douse the flames because the vehicle's electric batteries kept reigniting.


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