Taiwan reports 1st Tesla autopilot crash

Tired man driving Tesla sedan on autopilot crashes into two parked police cruisers. No injuries follow the accident.

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The similar Tesla model involved in Tuesday's No. 3 Freeway crash accident.

The similar Tesla model involved in Tuesday's No. 3 Freeway crash accident. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A Tesla sedan in autopilot mode crashed into two parked police cruisers late Tuesday, with no injuries reported.

The National Highway Police Bureau said two police cruisers were parked on the Freeway No. 3 northbound to manage a car accident around 10 p.m., Dec. 12, with twelve yellow warning triangles being placed 100 meters away from the scene, as well as two police officers flashing lights to control traffic. Two other police officers were documenting the accident at the scene.

As the accident documentation was about to be completed, a Tesla sedan crashed into the warning triangles and the two parked cruisers. Fortunately, the two police officers close to the triangles dodged death as car nearly hit them.

The Tesla driver is identified as a 29-year-old male, surnamed Lin (林), who was falling asleep behind the wheel. Lin admitted that he was tired after 17 hours of work that day. After driving onto the highway, he decided to turn on the autopilot mode, and then fell asleep. He woke up after hitting the other cars.

No one was injured in the Tesla crash.

The Tesla model involved in the crash accident is reportedly a Model S car.

The national highway police urge motorists to avoid drowsy driving and get enough rest before hitting the highway to ensure road safety.