'Both high-speed gas, or electric vehicle collisions can cause fires'
Tesla crashes into tree in Davie, killing driver, police say
February 24, 2019 Tim Swift
DAVIE, Fla. - A driver was killed Sunday after crashing his Tesla into a
tree along Flamingo Road in Davie, authorities said.
A spokesperson for Davie Fire Rescue said the crash caused the Tesla to
burst into flames.
Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene. Witnesses at the scene
said the Tesla was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash.
Police have closed a portion of the southbound lanes of Flamingo Road near
the crash. Police advised drivers to use alternate routes.
In May, two teenagers were killed when their speeding Tesla crashed into a
wall in Fort Lauderdale. The crash caused the car's electric engine to catch
The National Transportation Safety Board found that the Tesla's lithium ion
battery, which was the source of the fire, reignited twice -- as police
transported the car away from the crash scene and again when investigators
tried to remove the battery from the burned-out remains of the vehicle.
Tesla has defended its electric-powered cars, saying high-speed collisions
can cause fires in both gas and electric vehicles.
1 dead after Tesla crashes into tree, bursts into flames in Davie
February 24, 2019 Reinaldo Llerena
Davie Police Dept. @DaviePolice
#MediaAlert. #DaviePolice are actively investigating a crash at the 1200 Blk
of Flamingo Rd. The #Media staging area will be at 10th Street and Flamingo
Rd. The #PIO is enroute.
5:32 PM - Feb 24, 2019
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) - One person has been declared dead after a Tesla
electric vehicle hit a tree and subsequently burst into flames in Davie.
Davie Police and Fire Rescue crews were called to a vehicle fire along the
1200 block of South Flamingo Road around 4:30 p.m., Sunday.
Officials said when they arrived, they found one victim dead on scene.
Police said they have blocked off all southbound lanes at Southwest 20th
Street and Flamingo Road.
Officials are advising drivers to avoid the area.
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