Tesla Slams Into Tree In Florida, Bursting Into Flames And Killing Driver Before Reigniting in Tow Yard

UPDATE 2/25/2019 3PM EST: At 3PM Monday, Fox Business News' Liz Claman reported that firefighters were "finally" able to douse the flames. 

UPDATE 2/25/2019 8AM EST: It is being reported that the Tesla involved in the accident caught fire a second time while sitting at the tow yard. 


While the details of the accident still remain undisclosed, Local 10 News in Broward County, Florida reported on Sunday evening that a Tesla driver was killed after his vehicle crashed into a tree along Flamingo Road in Davie, Florida. As the incident was being reported, shocking video surfaced on Twitter of the vehicle engulfed in flames. 

A spokesperson for Davie Fire Rescue said that the crash is what caused the Tesla to "burst into flames".

Alarmingly, Ty Russell from CBS 4 Miami reported that: "Police say officers tried to save the driver but couldn’t open the door because there was not a handle."

Local 10 posted graphic photos of the accident's aftermath. 

Paramedics arrived and pronounced the driver dead at the scene and the southbound lanes of Flamingo Road, where the accident took place, have been closed. Witnesses say that the Tesla was "traveling at a high rate of speed" prior to the crash. 

Recall that in May of this year, two teens were killed after their Tesla sped into a wall in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. That crash caused the car's electric engine to catch fire. After that crash, the National Transportation Safety Board found that the Tesla's lithium ion battery, which was the source of the fire, reignited twice. 

We will continue to update this story as more facts become available.