On Saturday night in Pleasanton, California, a Tesla Model S crashed and burst into flames, leaving the driver dead, KRON reported. Around 6 p.m., the car was heading southbound on Hacienda when it jumped a curb, hit a traffic light, and crashed into a brick wall in front of the Andares Apartments. Residents said that someone suggested using a knife to cut the driver out of the seatbelt, but the car was engulfed in flames within minutes.
Pleasanton police are now investigating the incident to determine the cause. The crash comes just days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would review a petition alleging that three Tesla models accelerate on their own. Investigators say that in addition to speed, they will be looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash. According to The Independent, local police may bring in outside investigators to probe the crash.
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