Tesla with Autopilot slams into truck stopped at red light at 60mph – apparently without braking

Witnesses said the vehicle did not appear to brake before impact, and police said there was no indication that the driver was under the influence. It’s not clear if Autopilot was engaged

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 7:37am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 10:14pm

A Tesla car with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has rear-ended a truck on a Utah roadway at 60mph apparently without braking before impact, but police say it’s unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged.

The South Jordan Police Department said the Tesla Model S hit a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light Friday. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake before impact.

Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's airbags were activated and the car driver suffered a broken ankle but the truck driver didn’t require treatment.

Winkler said Saturday there’s no indication the Tesla’s driver was under the influence of any substance and it’s not immediately known what he may have told investigators about the crash.

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California-based Tesla tells drivers its Autopilot requires them to keep their eyes on the road.