The National Transportation Security Administration (NTSB) on Thursday released an investigation into last year’s fatal Tesla crash in Florida that killed two people and seriously injured one. The 18-year-old driver, who was driving a Model S at 116 mph, lost control as he passed a corner of a fort Lauderdale street, where the speed limit was 25 miles per hour, the report said. The motorist had a history of speeding.
The Model S then caught fire, killing the driver and the passenger in the front seat, while the other rear passenger, unpacked with a seatbelt, was thrown out of the vehicle with multiple fractures.
The accident is one of several that the NTSB is reviewing, in which highly flammable lithium batteries used on Tesla and other cars caught fire. The fire is difficult for firefighters to extinguish and could reignite in the hours or days after the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board plans to release a report on battery fires next year.
In the Fort Lauderdale accident, firefighters arrived at the scene four minutes after receiving the first emergency call. They used 200 to 300 gallons of water and foam to put out the fire. Despite this, according to the NTSB, the car’s battery was re-ignited twice.