SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Police are investigating whether a Tesla sedan's semi-autonomous Autopilot feature was engaged when it rear-ended a fire vehicle in this Salt Lake City suburb.
The Tesla Model S crashed into the truck at 60 mph, apparently without braking before impact, according to South Jordan police. The Fire Department mechanic truck had been stopped at a red light.
The crash comes as federal safety agencies investigate the performance of Palo Alto-based Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system.
The Tesla's air bags were activated in the crash, South Jordan police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said. The Tesla's driver suffered a broken right ankle, and the driver of the Unified Fire Authority mechanic truck did not require treatment, Winkler said.
There was no indication the Tesla's driver was under the influence of any substance, and information on what the driver may have told investigators about the circumstances of the crash likely would not be available before Monday, Winkler said by telephone.