Tesla electric auto bursts into flames after hitting tow truck in Moscow

Watch Self-Driving Tesla Car Catch Fire and Explode After Collision in Moscow

Tesla electric car bursts into flames after hitting tow truck in Moscow

A Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) electric auto caught fire after crashing into a tow truck on a Moscow motorway late Saturday, although it was not possible to tell which model it was.

The vehicle slammed into a tow truck that was parked by the interior divider on a highway at around 9 p.m. local time, Reuters reported.

Russia's RIA state news agency website posted a video showing the vehicle driving in the left-hand lane of Moscow's ring road, known as the MKAD, before crashing into a tow truck parked by a safety fence that separates the carriageway from oncoming traffic.

The eyewitness is filming the other side of the ring road as they pass the crashed Tesla when the vehicle explodes, engulfing the auto in flames and thick black smoke.

According to Tretryakov, he was driving at around 62 miles per hour, which is within the speed limit, at time of accident.

Footage shown on Russian News Channel Rossiya 24 showed that the only part of the vehicle remaining after the fire was the metal frame. Tretyakov and his two children were taken to the hospital after the accident. Fortunately, all three managed to escape the vehicle before the two explosions. The father was reported to have suffered a concussion and a leg fracture, while the children suffered cervical spine and chest injuries.

A similar event occurred in March, when a 50-year-old man in Florida crashed into a semitrailer while driving his Tesla, with federal investigators saying that the vehicle was on autopilot. In its quarterly safety reports, Tesla claims that it is safer to drive on Autopilot but that diligence needs to be practiced by the driver.

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