A Tesla Model X split in two and caught on fire after hitting a tree in New Hampshire

Jake Lahut / The Keene Sentinel
  • Speed was likely a factor in the crash of a TeslaModel X that sent three teenagers to the hospital, police said.
  • The Tesla Model X hit a tree in southern New Hampshire before splitting in two and catching on fire.
  • One passenger sustained life-threatening injuries, according to the accident report, and was transported to a UMass hospital.
  • Despite some headline-making fires, the Tesla Model X has a near-perfect safety rating.

Three teenagers were injured after one drove a 2017 Tesla Model X off the road and into a tree in southern New Hampshire on Wednesday, according to state police.

Speed was likely a factor in the accident, according to the accident report, and the car split in two and caught fire after the impact. The driver and one passenger were taken to a community hospital with “serious but non-life threatening injuries,” while the third passenger was taken to the UMass hospital in Worcester with life-threatening injuries.

Photos from the rural road show a massive fireball and a chunk of the vehicle that’s nearly unidentifiable because of the damage. It’s not clear if Autopilot was installed on the vehicle or if it was in use at the time.

Despite some headline-making fires, Tesla’s Model X is one of the safest vehicles on the road, according to the US government and third-party testers.

A Tesla spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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Perry Road RIndge NHGoogle MapsThe accident occurred on Perry Road in Rindge, New Hampshire.

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