Tesla slams into fire truck stopped at red light in Utah

Doug Field Tesla's senior vice president of engineering is taking a leave of absence at a crucial moment for the company and its first mass-market car the Model 3

A Tesla auto which can be driven semi-autonomously - although drivers must keep their hands on the wheel - has crashed into a fire department truck stopped at a red light.

The female driver of the Tesla, from Lehi, was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including a broken right ankle.

The national Council for transport safety is investigating an accident involving a vehicle Telsa Model S. the Accident occurred in the suburbs of salt lake city with cars, presumably working on the self-driving auto system.

Police in South Jordan, Utah are investigating if a Tesla Model S crashed into a fire truck while running on autopilot.

It's not known if the Autopilot system was engaged during the crash.

A South Jordan Police Department statement released Saturday says cause of the Friday evening crash involving a Fire Department mechanic truck stopped at a red light is under investigation.

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News of the crash came as a top Tesla official who had been the main technical contact with US safety investigators left the company to join rival Waymo.

There was light rain falling and roads were wet when the crash occurred, police said in a statement.

Tesla did not immediately respond to inquiries from The Associated Press.

While police are still investigating whether or not the vehicle was using the autopilot feature at the time, they say it does not appear any breaks were applied before the accident. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said he didn't know whether the agency would get involved with the crash.

Two teens - Edgar Monserratt and Barrett Riley - were both killed when their Tesla Model S crashed into a wall on Seabreeze Blvd. and burst into flames.

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