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Tesla Runs Red Light in Salt Lake City, Injuring Three

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On Jan. 5, three people were critically injured when the driver of a Tesla ran a red light in Salt Lake City, Deseret News reported. The accident took place at 900 W. North Temple St. The electric-powered Tesla, traveling westbound, slammed into a northbound car at a high rate of speed. The two men in the Tesla and the woman in the other vehicle were taken to local hospitals with severe trauma. Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brett Olsen said the electric car’s battery began combusting after the crash, engulfing the front end of the automobile in flames.

A hazardous materials team handled the battery blaze. The crash remained under investigation for the remainder of the day, and investigators do not believe impairment was involved. Both cars were left severely damaged. In addition to facing fines for running a red light and other traffic infractions, the driver of the Tesla is likely liable for damages resulting from the crash.

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