NTSB to investigate Tesla crash in Florida that left 2 dead
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Federal officials said Friday they will investigate a fiery Tesla crash that left two people dead in South Florida.
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Three investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are traveling next week to Coral Gables, where a Tesla Model 3 left the roadway and collided with a tree Monday, the agency announced on Twitter.
"We always look especially closely at newer technology," NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.
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The NTSB investigation will focus on the operation of the vehicle and the post-crash fire that consumed the car, officials said.
Tesla vehicles don’t use gasoline that could raise the risk of a big fire after a crash, but the company’s guidance to first responders includes a warning about battery fires. Tesla representatives have said that high-speed collisions can result in a fire for any kind of car. The Coral Gables crash occurred near a residential intersection, and it wasn’t immediately known whether speed was a factor.