FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Three seconds before a Tesla S sedan crashed and burned in Fort Lauderdale, leaving two teenagers dead and a third injured, the car was traveling at 116 mph, a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
The luxury electric car, which does not use gasoline, caught fire in the May 8 crash near the beach and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue used up to 300 gallons of water and foam to put it out, the NTSB said.
The car’s lithium-ion high-voltage battery ignited twice more after the initial fire, as the car was being loaded onto a tow truck and again at a storage yard, the NTSB said.
Killed in the crash were driver Barrett Riley, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, and Edgar Monserratt Martinez, 18, of Aventura.
Injured was Alexander Berry, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, who was thrown from the burning wreck.
Tesla declined to comment on the NTSB’s report.
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