NHTSA is investigating fatal accident where Tesla drove into parked fire truck

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident on February 18.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a special investigation into a fatal accident in California last month involving a Tesla.

A 2014 Tesla Model S collided with a parked fire truck on Interstate 680 near Walnut Creek shortly before 4 a.m. local time on Feb. 18, authorities said.

The driver died on the spot and a passenger was freed from the vehicle with serious injuries Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. According to the authorities, four firefighters were also transported to the hospital for examination.

The fire truck had responded to the scene of an earlier crash that morning, blocking I-680 lanes as the Tesla plowed into the back of the fire truck, according to California Highway Patrol.

“It could not be determined at the scene whether the Tesla was being driven with driver assistance or automation activated at the time of the crash,” California Highway Patrol said in a statement at the time.

It was also unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role, police said.

The incident is NHTSA’s first special crash investigation this year, according to a case list obtained by ABC News.

ABC News could not reach Tesla for comment.


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