NTSB Investigating After 2 Teens Die in Fiery Tesla Crash

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Tesla said Autopilot was engaged leading up to the crash but the driver had their hands off the wheel for six seconds prior to impact.

Following another fatal accident in March that involved the car's battery bursting into flames, Tesla reported that the batteries in its vehicles are created to decrease the rate fire spreads, leaving enough time for occupants to exit the vehicle.

"The vehicle immediately caught on fire, becoming fully engulfed in flames", the FLPD said in a statement. Two teenagers were killed when their Tesla Model S drove off the road and hit a concrete wall before catching fire. "Nobody could help because the auto was on fire".

In the event of an accident, eight airbags protect front and rear occupants, and the battery system automatically disconnects from the main power source, Tesla has said previously in promotional materials for the auto.

The vehicle's speed is believed to be a factor in the accident.

The NTSB is also investigating a crash involving a Tesla Model X in California in March that when a driver was killed, reportedly while using the car's Autopilot system.

Another teenager was thrown from the vehicle and was taken to a hospital, where his condition was unknown.

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They sent 4 investigators to Florida and they will "primarily focus on emergency response in relation to the electric vehicle battery fire, including fire department activities and towing operations". "We have not yet been able to retrieve the logs from the vehicle, but everything we have seen thus far indicates a very high-speed collision and that Autopilot was not engaged".

The NTSB will deploy its investigators to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to probe the accident on State Route A1A. "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".

One person died in that crash.

Earlier this month, Tesla and the NTSB got into an open feud over Tesla's release of information from the probe into the Mountain View crash.

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

A Tesla representative told Business Insider that the company is "working to establish the facts of the incident" and will cooperate with local authorities.

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