One Tesla Burst Into Flames. The Other, Sheared Off.

Tesla’s online configurator March 2019

Tesla’s online configurator March 2019

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will send out teams to investigate the crashes.

Friday's crash killed 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner, who had been driving a 2018 Tesla 3 in suburban Delray Beach, according to WPTV. The NTSB makes recommendations to prevent crashes.

Some Tesla drivers say they are able to avoid putting their hands on the wheel for extended periods when using Autopilot, while Tesla advises drivers that they must keep their hands on the steering wheel and pay attention at all times while using Autopilot. Neither agency could say Saturday whether the system was in use.

The NHTSA confirmed to Reuters that it had an ongoing investigation and "will take additional actions if appropriate".

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Monday the 2016 Tesla Model S caught fire and burned the 48-year-old driver beyond recognition. "We're looking at everything at this point", he said.

A second accident occurred on Friday in Delray Beach, Florida when a 2018 Tesla Model 3 collided with a semi truck in a side underride accident.

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After two Tesla drivers were killed in separate crashes last week, a federal agency is reportedly preparing to investigate the two wrecks. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The circumstances of the crash are much like one that occurred in May 2016 near Gainesville, Florida. The vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer.

The report said the Tesla struck a tractor trailer and the roof was sheared off as it passed underneath the trailer and stopped about half a kilometre south of the collision.

Friday's crash is similar to the first fatal Tesla crash linked to Autopilot. The agency said that Tesla told Model S owners that Autopilot should be used only on limited-access highways, primarily interstates. The report said that despite upgrades to the system, Tesla did not incorporate protections against use of the system on other types of roads.

The agency said the Model S cameras and radar couldn't detect a vehicle turning into the car's path. Rather, the systems are created to detect vehicles they are following to prevent rear-end collisions. The NHTSA has regulatory authority to order recalls if a piece of equipment poses a significant safety risk, while the NTSB serves to investigate and report on vehicle-related incidents.

But the agency warned automakers and drivers not to treat the semi-autonomous driving systems as if they could drive themselves. "It will also automatically change lanes on most highways to overtake other cars or navigate to interchanges and exits".

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