Tesla Model S Bursts Into Flames After "Horrific" Crash, Killing Two Men Trapped Inside

Less than two months after a Tesla Model X burst into flames in Mountain View, CA after a gruesome crash attributed to an autopilot error trapped the driver in the burning car resulting in his death, Tesla tragedy has struck again after two 18-year-old men died, trapped in a fiery Model S crash near Fort Lauderdale beach Tuesday evening, the SunSentinel reported.

As WPLG reports, in the "horrific crash" of the Tesla Model S with three young people hit a wall and then caught on fire, while a third teen was ejected from the car.

According to Battalion Chief Greg May, of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the Tesla Model S burst into flames after it wrecked about 7:30 p.m. and the two men who died were trapped inside.

A third man, also 18, who was in the backseat of the Tesla Model S, was thrown from the car when it crashed in the 1300 block of Seabreeze Boulevard, said Tracy Figone, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He was hospitalized. His condition was not known.

So far the identities of the three men were not released.

Neighborhood resident Wendy Mascolo told WFOR-Ch. 4 that she heard the violent crash when it happened and ran to help.

“These parents, they got the worst call of their lives and their lives are never going to be the same,” she told the station.

The investigation is ongoing.


erkme73 Ghost of PartysOver Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:19 Permalink

What?  No blame-the-jews spam link on this article by beebop?  Oh, it's before noon, and he hasn't woken up yet.

Looks like it'll be more than their cars that crash and burn pretty soon.  I think the masses are starting to lose their fanboi glasses. 

I'm guessing the kid in the back seat wasn't wearing his seatbelt...  And probably because of that, he's still alive.

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Linus2011 D503 Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:45 Permalink

They should rename it to model C - The 700hp rolling instant crematory.

Apparently Musk implemented another hidden hotter level above ludicrous mode.

VW got sued for 22 billion USD for causing unproven imaginary deaths basically because they are successful and german. Tesla causes unnecessary deaths on a weekly basis due to reckless implementation of experimental technology and gets rewarded billions from the government because they are american and the new shit.

Only in f*cked up socialist US of A!

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pods HopefulCynical Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:35 Permalink

Doesn't really take much for this to happen. Crash leads to short to ground on a battery, it cooks off and then all his siblings join and then you have a fire that burns pretty fuckin hot.

All you have to do is youtube lithium battery fire and you can see that stuffing a bajillion of them into a vehicle might not be the greatest idea.

Might as well use hydrazine to power cars.  At least gasoline tends to burn out rather quickly, and gas tanks have gotten better at preventing a Pinto roast.  Musk and all the others have a big liability on their hands. Once a lithium fire gets going, GTFO.

It's a bitch to ship a lithium battery. Can't imagine riding on top of a bajillion of them.


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replaceme pods Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:47 Permalink

Seriously, it's like the original hydrogen peroxide fuel in the Me Komet - sitting on a thousand gallons of turn me into a skeleton... Sounds like a wash between that and a lithium fire. Used to do rc-electric planes, and those larger batteries would take out a car if they went up in your trunk, who would think sitting on top of an electric sofa would be safe in a wreck?

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TheRedScourge Lore Wed, 05/09/2018 - 13:01 Permalink

If you smash a car into a wall at high speed, you're gonna have a bad time. Doesn't matter if you have highly flammable gasoline in the tank, or highly flammable lithium ion batteries under the frame, the result is going to be similar.


Per mile driven, Teslas so far have significantly fewer fires than gasoline powered cars.

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napper fx Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:42 Permalink

Well, Tesla has got no cylinders in the cars, but if damage control fails, it will soon start firing a lot of assembly line workers due to collapsing sales of its fire prone EVs.


Heck, some at the upper management has been firing themselves lately. I guess they probably saw the fire coming.

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Bring the Gold remain calm Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:27 Permalink

ZH has the biggest hardon for Tesla crashing. Pretty clear ZH contributors have been short Tesla for ages. Look Tesla uses tax payer money and all the rest, but it's transparent as fuck how much ZH lusts for a huge drop on that bubbalicious stock price. You think all this kind of shit isn't happening with Ford etc. electric vehicles? Or even more crashes involving Ford's etc. even per capita? There is nothing special about this. Ya'll just want to be able to cash in on Tesla's long overdue correction. Not endorsing shady Musky or Tesla, just saying jesus fuck I'm sick of hearing about Tesla. Hurry up and crash so TD can cover his shorts and we can move on with our lives.

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techpriest replaceme Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:12 Permalink

One other thought here - if this was any other design of car, or any other car company, would these cars still be allowed on the road? The NTSB would be forcing a recall at the company's expense. No credible car magazine would be praising the car.

But it seems that if it is ELECTRIC, which means it could be powered by SOOOLLLAAARRRR!!!!!, then it doesn't matter how many cars catch fire or unexpectedly lose control and slam into walls.

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