Tesla Model S Netherlands Crash Update: Battery Flies Out of Vehicle; Autopilot to Blame Again?

Sep 09, 2016 05:51 AM EDT | Eve C.

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Another incident brought Tesla Model S into the limelight of controversy. The shocking news revealed that its battery flew out of the electric vehicle after crashing into a tree on Baarn, a town to the south-east of Amsterdam on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Unfortunately, the 53-year old Dutch driver immediately died on the spot. Several websites have been speculating about the cause of the fatal accident.

Dana Hull of Bloomberg posted on Twitter that the Autopilot was not engaged when the crash happened, as per Tesla. The authorities are yet to dig deeper into the details and would update the public soon.

But more than that, another rumor suggest that the battery of the wrecked Tesla Model S flew out of the vehicle after the severe collision. The automaker sent a statement to AutoBlog; kindly read it below:

"We are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. Thus far, we can confirm from the car's logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven more than 155 kph," Tesla stated. 

Furthermore, one of Tesla's representatives said that the company is deeply saddened by what happened. They also assured the outlets that they will immediately post something when new findings come out.

This is not the first time that Tesla Model S got involved in a fatal car crash. An almost identical incident happened on May 7 in Florida, causing the life of 45-year-old Joshua Brown. His Tesla Model S vehicle crashed underneath an 18-wheeler truck.

During that May 2016 incident, the Tesla Model S' Autopilot was not able to detect the incoming truck, thus allowing the car to crash underneath the trunk. To address the incident, CEO Elon Musk tried explaining the capabilities of the Autopilot system.

But then, this new incident with another Tesla Model S is quite alarming. Musk is yet to give his personal statement regarding this.

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