The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report today regarding its investigation into the incident that happened on May 7th accident involving a Tesla Model S operating in Autopilot mode. The crash which took place at US Highway 27A, near Williston, Florida, resulted in the death of Joshua D. Brown, a 40-year-old Ohio man. According to the report from the agency, Brown’s car was traveling nine miles over the posted speed limit at the time of the crash, also included in the report is the first officially released images of the accident.
According to National Transportation Safety Board, Brown’s car was traveling at 74 miles per hour before it made impact with a tractor trailer that was crossing its path. The speed limit on the divided highway where the accident took place was 65 mph. Not much other than that have been discovered, The NTSB says that probable cause is yet to be officially determined.
Tesla has declined to comment on the NTSB’s preliminary report, earlier on Tesla states that both the “high, white side of the box truck” and “a radar signature that would have looked very similar to an overhead sign” caused the car’s automatic braking not to fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board says that Brown’s Model S struck the right side of the trailer about 23 feet from the back end, and that the “minor damage” to the truck was “consistent with a 90 degree angle of impact.” The third image shows the intersection where the crash took place.
Five investigators were sent to Williston, Florida earlier this month to gather evidence for its report, NTSB says “all aspects of the crash remain under investigation”.
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