Thursday, 29 April 2021 16:59

New Details on Fatal Tesla Crash in Texas Revealed in Fire Marshal Report

Written by Simon Alvarez, Teslarati


...the fire was caused by the Model S’ collision with the tree.


The report also noted the fire was well under way by the time authorities were on the scene, destroying most parts of the vehicle. 


The report provided some details about the Model S’ two passengers, both of whom perished in the incident. According to the report, the vehicle’s interior had extensive fire damage when some authorities arrived, and most of the combustible materials in the space had already been destroyed. The crash’s victims, William Varner, 59, and Everette Talbot, 69, were on seats whose frames were already visible due to extensive fire damage. 


“Decedent 1 was located in a seated position, a few inches forward of the front right (passenger) seat. Decedent 1’s upper torso was in a forward-leaning position, with both arms forward… Decedent 2 was located in a seated position within the rear left (passenger) seat. Decedent 2’s upper torso was in a rear-leaning position, with both arms rolled back in a pugilistic pose,” the report read. 


As noted by Tesla in its Q1 earnings call, the company is currently working directly with local authorities, the NTSB and the NHTSA to investigate the incident.


Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering Lars Moravy added so far, an inspection of the vehicle revealed the steering wheel was deformed. This, together with the fact Autopilot was not activated and all seatbelts post-crash were unbuckled, hints at the likelihood someone was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash. 


We thank Teslarati for reprint permission. 


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