2 die when Tesla crashes into parked tractor-trailer in Florida

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — A driver and her passenger died Wednesday when the Tesla they were traveling in crashed into a parked tractor-trailer in Alachua County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


Investigators said a 66-year-old California woman was traveling south on Interstate 75 before exiting toward a rest area at about 2 p.m. when it struck a tractor-trailer that was parked in the southbound rest area parking lot.

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It is unknown why the Tesla traveled toward the tractor-trailer and hit it.

Both people died at the crash scene.

A 58-year-old man in the tractor-trailer was uninjured.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an inquiry in August into a string of crashes dating back to 2018 during which Teslas using autopilot or traffic-aware cruise control systems hit vehicles at scenes where first responders used flashing lights, flares, an illuminated arrow board or cones warning of hazards.

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NHTSA said it’s looking into crashes involving similar patterns that did not include emergency vehicles or trucks with warning signs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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