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Last week’s fatal Tesla Model X crash in Mountain View, California, occurred while the vehicle had Autopilot engaged, Tesla said in a Friday blog post. “Our hearts are with the family and friends who have been affected by this tragedy,” the company said. The crash claimed the life of an Apple engineer, Walter Huang, according to the Bay Area’s ABC 7 News.
The vehicle ran into a concrete lane divider at high speed. The crash, and a subsequent fire, fully destroyed the front of the vehicle.
Here is the scene on Highway 101S in #MountainView where a #Tesla caught on fire pic.twitter.com/ksnidlFgsw
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“The reason this crash was so severe is because the crash attenuator, a highway safety barrier which is designed to reduce the impact into a concrete lane divider, had been crushed in a prior accident without being replaced,” according to Tesla. “We have never seen this level of damage to a Model X in any other crash.”
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