Joe Young, a media relations officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), shows a head-on collision to avoid a test at one end of 2018 Tesla Model 3 is by the IIHS-HLDI and Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia, USA, on July 22, 2019. Photo of July 22, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Amanda Voisard
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tesla, the electric car caught fire after crashing into a tow truck on the Moscow highway, and to leave on Saturday.
Footage of the incident on state TV channel Rossiya 24 showed them in the car on the side of the road, engulfed in flames and thick, black smoke. Two small explosions occurred within seconds of each other.
It was not possible to tell which of the Model the model of the car, and only the metal frame remained after the fire.
Tesla Inc. (TSLA.(O) the safety and security of the claims of its Model 3 earlier this week, in the face of pressure, while the documents turned out to be the top U.S. automotive safety watchdog, issued at least five subpoenas issued last year seeking information about the types of crashes involving commercial vehicles.
The Russian state news agency RIA put on a video of the car driving in the left lane of the Moscow’s ring road, known as the MKAD, before crashing into a tow truck that was parked by a fence and separated from the vehicle lane of the oncoming traffic.
The accident took place at around 2100 Moscow time (1800 GMT). The speed limit on the ring road is 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour).
Tesla was not immediately available for comment on the incident outside of normal business hours.
The driver, a 41-year-old Alexei Tretyakov, and his children, were also injured in the crash, but escaped from the car before it was destroyed by the fire, the Rossiya 24 reported.
Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Additional reporting by Rishika Chatterjee; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Lisa Shumaker