A Tesla vehicle went airborne and crashed into a tree after driving at high speed over a railroad track

YouTube / BarrieTodayA screenshot from security-camera footage of the incident.
  • A Tesla vehicle went airborne on Tuesday after driving over a railroad track in Barrie, Canada, the local police reported.
  • The vehicle was driving at high speed before reaching an incline just before the railroad track.
  • After it landed, it started skidding into the opposite lane and eventually crashed into a tree that left the vehicle “demolished.”
  • The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital and received treatment for minor injuries.
  • The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving.

A Tesla vehicle went airborne on Tuesday after driving over a railroad track in Barrie, Canada, according to the Barrie Police Service.

The vehicle was a 2016 model, though the police didn’t say whether it was a Model S sedan or a Model X SUV. The vehicle was driving at high speed before reaching an incline just before the railroad track, police said. After the vehicle landed, it began skidding into the opposite lane and eventually crashed into a tree that left the vehicle “demolished.”

The driver and passenger were taken to a local hospital, where they received treatment for minor injuries. The driver was arrested and charged with dangerous driving.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reacted to the incident on Twitter.

“!,” Musk wrote on Wednesday in response to a link to a story about the incident.

According to a Reddit user who claims to live close to the site of the incident, the incline before the railroad track can send vehicles airborne at moderate speeds.

“I live near here and you literally just need to be going 30 to get air … The guy is a moron,” the user wrote.

You can watch a video of the incident below:

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