Tesla Model S Plunges Off Cliff, Catches Fire, Fatality Reported

Malibu Canyon Road was closed for over nine hours on Monday due to a fire caused by a TeslaModel S going over the edge of the canyon south of the tunnel.

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Malibu Tesla Crash Victim Identified - Canyon News

MALIBU — The driver killed on a Tesla car crash in Malibu this past Monday has been identified as 53-year old, Woodland Hills resident Timothy Andre Devine. Devine ...

Tesla destroyed in fiery crash outside OC Fire Authority ...

A luxury Tesla Model X was destroyed in a fiery crash outside the Orange County Fire Authority headquarters in Irvine.

Malibu blaze ignited by deadly crash of pricey electric Tesla ...

The driver of a vehicle that crashed over the side of Malibu Canyon Road, killing him and igniting a small brush fire, was a 53-year-old man.


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Compared To How Many Tesla VIN #'s Have Been Issued, Tesla Has Had A Huge Number Of Accidents And Deaths For Such A Tiny Car Company


Driver's name in fatal crash not yet released

|By Bryce Alderton | By Bryce Alderton

  • One of the vehicles involved in Tuesday morning's double fatal crash on Laguna Canyon Road.

One of the vehicles involved in Tuesday morning's… (Courtesy Laguna…)

Laguna Beach police are interviewing the driver of a third vehicle who witnessed the fatal head-on auto collision that killed two men Tuesday morning on Laguna Canyon Road, police Capt. Jason Kravetz said Friday.

Kravetz said a white Mercedes sedan was in the lane next to the Tesla that veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a Honda Accord, killing Alberto Casique-Salinas, 46, of Anaheim, and Armando Garcia-Gonzales, 38, of Santa Ana. The men were heading westbound on Laguna Canyon Road on their way to work for a Laguna Beach landscaping company, police said.

Due to the ongoing investigation, Kravetz said he could not release the name of the Tesla driver, who police said was hospitalized Tuesday and released later that day.

Traffic accidents often take longer to investigate than other incidents due the amount of information that needs to be collected, Kravetz said. Investigators interview witnesses and determine the place where the vehicles collided and how fast they were traveling, he said. Police have interviewed several independent witnesses.Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, which took place near El Toro Road, police said. Kravetz noted that a Tesla weighs about 4,700 pounds while a Honda Accord weighs about 2,700 pounds.

Police received several 911 calls at 6:43 a.m. Tuesday reporting the crash.

Laguna Canyon Road was closed in both directions for several hours from El Toro Road to the 73 Freeway, about a half-mile stretch, and reopened just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, police said.



Tesla engineers assisted firefighters in controlling electric burning battery

by Kevin Forestieri / Mountain View Voice


The Tesla manual offers instructions for first-responders to safely disconnect the electric car's battery. Cutting the red loop in two places shuts down the high-voltage system to the battery.

A driver who died in a fiery car crash on Highway 101 has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

San Mateo resident Wei Huang, 38, died of his injuries on Friday afternoon after his Tesla collided with a median at freeway speeds, triggering a three-vehicle accident and causing the car to catch fire.

The crash occurred around 9:30 a.m., when the Tesla Model S struck the barrier separating the Highway 85 carpool flyover lane from southbound Highway 101, according to California Highway Patrol officials. The Tesla careened into two lanes of Highway 101, where it was struck by a Mazda and then an Audi. Huang was transported to Stanford Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Emergency fire crews arrived at the crash shortly after 9:30 a.m., and found that the front end of the Tesla had "substantial damage," exposing the vehicle's lithium ion battery and causing it to catch fire, according to Mountain View Police Chief Juan Diaz. Electric vehicle fires are typically put out by blasting a large quantity of water -- 3,000 gallons -- directly on the battery to bring down the temperature of the cells, which can overheat and reach temperatures of up to 900 degrees, he said.

Diaz said the department was put in a difficult situation. Fire crews had 500 gallons of water at the scene, but getting any more would have required running 2,000 feet of thick fire hose across Highway 101, which would have been catastrophic for traffic in both directions, Diaz said. But letting the car continue to burn on a busy highway, destroying the battery, would have been a bad choice as well, he said.

"In the middle of the Highway 101 freeway, that's not something we want to do," he said. "And it's not good for the environment with the byproducts of combustion."

Fire crews used the available supply of water and contacted the manufacturer of the vehicle, Palo Alto-based Tesla, to assist in getting the battery's temperature under control. Diaz said the engineers essentially disassembled a portion of the car battery on the spot, and that subsequent thermal imaging showed that the battery was no longer unstable.

Fire engines escorted the tow truck that removed the Tesla all the way to the impound yard out of an abundance of caution, Diaz said. Car batteries are capable of reigniting for 24 hours after cooling.

The challenging situation was made worse by the significant damage caused by collision itself. Diaz said that Tesla vehicles are built to be very safe, with features to help first responders deal with lithium ion batteries that ignite, but in this case emergency crews had no access to the battery's disconnect wires because they were destroyed on impact. This is the first time the department has dealt with this kind of problem, Diaz said, and he commended his department's response to the dangerous situation.




Battery Fire After Fatal Model X Crash Takes 35 Firefighters To Extinguish (Headlines)



A Tesla Model X driver died of his injuries earlier today after his vehicle caught on fire in a crash on the highway in the Bay Area. Following the accident, Tesla assisted in the removal of the battery pack that caught on fire.

But there’s no doubt that they burn differently due to the battery packs and it is affecting the work of first responders as we reported in a ‘Behind the scene look at how firefighters disabled a Tesla battery while extinguishing a Model S fire’.Battery Fire After Fatal Model X Crash Takes 35 Firefighters To Extinguish






After Friday's fiery fatal crash of a Tesla Model X on U.S. Highway 101, police and firefighters are assessing how emergency response will need to change in a world where electric cars are becoming more common.

On Monday, Caltrans workers were at the scene, clearing debris and repairing a freeway divider that was damaged when the Tesla crashed into it and was struck by two other cars before becoming engulfed in flames. The crash shut down a carpool ramp and two lanes of the freeway for almost 6 hours -- twice as long as most accidents of this type, said Ofc. Art Montiel, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol.

RELATED: Tesla driver hospitalized after fiery crash on southbound Hwy 101 in Mountain View

"Because the battery was exposed, we were unsure whether it was safe for us to move the vehicle," Montiel said.

Mountain View's Fire Department typically puts out a car fire in minutes. But according to Chief Juan Diaz, this is the first time the department has had to deal with a Tesla battery that was split open and on fire.

Made up of more than 7,000 individual cells, many of them strewn across several lanes of the freeway, the battery was both an electrocution hazard and a fire hazard, the chief said. Lithium-ion batteries damaged from impact can go into a state called "thermal runaway."

"The battery itself overheats, the plastic components that separate the modules of the battery begin to ignite, and eventually, you wind up with a battery that is on fire," he said, adding that lithium ignites at a temperature of more than 900 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Chief Diaz said the fire department considered dousing the battery with the recommended 3,000 gallons of water, but that would've required stopping all traffic to run a hose across the freeway. Another option would've been to let the fire burn itself out -- but firefighters also decided against that.

"The environmental hazard that creates, as well as the traffic hazard, was not an option we wanted to explore," the chief said.

The fire department opted to call Tesla, whose engineers came out to test and dismantle as much of the battery as they could, while firefighters looked on.

"This is the first time that we've had to consult Tesla to have them respond to the scene," Chief Diaz said.

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Mountain View’s fire chief holds up what’s left of a Tesla battery cell after Friday’s crash on 101. More than 7000 cells make up the battery, which can burn at over 900 degrees Fahrenheit if ignited. @Tesla says its cars are 5x less likely to catch fire in crashes than gas cars.

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Tesla's actually no stranger to the Mountain View Fire Department. They've conducted trainings with firefighters, including some at their factory in Fremont, on how to handle Tesla batteries when they're damaged in an accident, and how to disconnect batteries from each Tesla model.

"That's one of the advantages of being in Silicon Valley -- that some of the best minds and engineers are just around the corner," Diaz said.

But Silicon Valley is also full of early adopters -- meaning electric cars are quickly becoming more common here.


"We know there's gonna be more and more coming in the future," Diaz said. "For the fire service, what it means is we're gonna have to be on the scene longer."

In this case, that included a fire engine company that escorted the Tesla to a tow yard, and then stood guard for hours.

"Even after 24 hours of extinguishment, these (lithium) ion batteries could reignite if they've been damaged, and again cause a fire," Diaz said.

Fire crews arrived to the scene of the accident around 9:30 a.m. Chief Diaz said the last engine company went back into service around 4:30 p.m. In a gasoline car fire, he said, all companies would've likely been back in service within minutes.

In response to past incidents, Tesla has said that gasoline-powered cars are five times more likely to catch fire in a crash than a Tesla. Chief Diaz has said he doesn't believe a Tesla is any less safe than a gas-powered car -- and, in fact, is probably less likely to roll over in a high speed crash due to its low center of gravity.








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