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NTSB Sends Investigators to Fatal Tesla Crash

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March 4, 2019— A federal safety agency is sending a three-member team to investigate a fatal crash involving a Tesla electric car and a semitrailer, reported Wood TV.

The National Transportation Safety Board said late Friday on Twitter that the team would work in cooperation with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, which is probing the Friday morning crash in Delray Beach. A sheriff's report says the tractor-trailer was making a left turn onto a divided highway to head north when the southbound 2018 Tesla Model 3 hit the semi's driver side, tearing off the Tesla's roof as it passed under the trailer, according to the report.

The Tesla's driver, 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner, died at the scene.

The report didn't say whether the Tesla's Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system or its automatic emergency braking system were working at the time of the crash.

 

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