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article imageTesla to investigate why stolen Model S crashed, split in half

By Syra Sharif     Jul 7, 2014 in Technology
Los Angeles - Tesla Motors is ready to investigate why a stolen Model S Sedan split in half at the end of a high speed chase in Los Angeles early July 4. The Model S reportedly hit two other cars and a lamp post, splitting in half and starting a battery fire.
The chase began at around 12:45 a.m. with the Tesla reaching a speed of up to 100mph (160.9km). The pursuit ended when the Tesla hit two other cars and a lamp post, then split in two and part of the Tesla that hit the lamp post landed on top of a white car.
Those around the scene thought it was fireworks going off. Sgt. Campbell of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division told KTLA that the incident originally started when police received a call from a Tesla dealership stating that an individual was “tampering or messing” with one of the vehicles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department found that the Tesla collided with four vehicles and injured 6 people before it split in two, KTLA reports.
The man who was driving the Tesla was ejected from the car and thought to be dead, but was resuscitated while being taken to the hospital. KTLA reported that two LAPD officers were injured during the pursuit when their vehicle hit the center divider. The officers were taken to the hospital and later released with no life-threatening injuries.
Company spokesman for Tesla Motors, Simon Sproule, said: “We’ve asked to take a look at the vehicle as soon as that’s possible. There aren’t so many Model S’s involved in major crashes, and certainly not quite like this one, so we absolutely want to have a look to understand what happened.”
Bloomberg News reported that Tesla recently added a titanium plate to strengthen the casing which protects its lithium-ion battery after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviewed crashes triggering fires in the Model S.
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