January 9, 2020

Federal Agency To Probe Fatal Indiana Crash Involving Tesla Model 3

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. The U.S. government's road safety agency is sending a special team to Indiana to investigate a fatal crash involving a Tesla electric vehicle. - AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2019, file photo shows a sign bearing the company logo outside a Tesla store in Cherry Creek Mall in Denver. The U.S. government's road safety agency is sending a special team to Indiana to investigate a fatal crash involving a Tesla electric vehicle.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File

The U.S. government's road safety agency is sending a special crash team to Indiana to investigate a fatal crash involving a Tesla electric vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday that its team will check the crash scene and inspect the Model 3 involved in the Dec. 29 crash with a parked firetruck on Interstate 70 near Terre Haute. The crash killed the driver's wife, who was a passenger in the Tesla. 

It's the second Tesla crash in the past two weeks to be investigated by the agency. Also on Dec. 29,  police said a Tesla Model S sedan left a freeway in Gardena, California, at a high speed, ran a red light and struck a Honda Civic, killing two people inside.

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