MOSCOW – A Tesla electric car caught fire after crashing into a tow truck on a Moscow expressway late Saturday.
Footage of the incident on state TV channel Rossiya 24 showed the car by the side of the road engulfed in flames and thick black smoke. Two small explosions occurred within a few seconds of each other.
It was not possible to tell which model the car was as only the metal frame remained after the fire.
Tesla Inc. stood by safety claims for its Model 3 last week in the face of regulatory scrutiny, while documents showed the top U.S. automotive safety watchdog issued at least five subpoenas since last year seeking information about crashes involving the company’s vehicles.
On its website Russia’s RIA state news agency posted a video showing the car driving in the left-hand lane of Moscow’s ring road, known as the MKAD, before crashing into a tow truck parked by a safety fence that separates the carriageway from oncoming traffic.
The speed limit on the ring road is 100 kph (62 mph).
The driver, 41-year-old Alexei Tretyakov, and his children were injured in the crash but escaped from the vehicle before it was destroyed by the fire, Rossiya 24 reported.