NTSB Investigating California Collision Involving Fire Truck, Tesla on Autopilot
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NTSB Investigating California Collision Involving Fire Truck, Tesla on Autopilot

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating a Jan. 22 collision in which a Tesla on Autopilot slammed into a fire truck.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating a Jan. 22 collision in which a Tesla on Autopilot slammed into a fire truck.

The collision in Culver City, Calif., is the second high-profile incident this year involving a Tesla operating on Autopilot. On Jan. 19, the California Highway Patrol’s San Francisco unit reported that a suspected drunk driver passed out in his Tesla on the Bay Bridge.

In a tweet, the NTSB said its field investigators will focus on “driver and vehicle factors” in the Jan. 22 collision.

According to the Culver City Fire Department, a Tesla smashed into one of the department’s fire trucks at 65 mph, while the truck was parked on a freeway as firefighters responded to an accident. There were no injuries.

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“Please stay alert while driving,” the fire department said in a tweet, adding #distracteddriving.

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— Culver City Firefighters (@CC_Firefighters) January 22, 2018

In the Jan. 19 incident, the California Highway Patrol said officers found a man passed out behind the wheel of a Tesla on the Bay Bridge. The driver said the vehicle had been set on Autopilot, according to the agency.

In a tweet, the highway patrol added: “No it didn’t tow itself to the tow yard.”

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— CHP San Francisco (@CHPSanFrancisco) January 19, 2018

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