Five people were injured when a Tesla sedan was hit from behind in Texas

A pickup truck slammed into a Tesla sedan on Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring four others in Texas. The four survivors were two passengers, including the driver, and two occupants of the truck,…

Five people were injured when a Tesla sedan was hit from behind in Texas

A pickup truck slammed into a Tesla sedan on Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring four others in Texas.

The four survivors were two passengers, including the driver, and two occupants of the truck, which was full of construction debris, police in Corsicana, Texas, said Wednesday.

One passenger died in the crash, which occurred about 9 a.m. CDT Tuesday near the city’s Clear Creek neighborhood, the Corsicana Police Department said in a statement.

It said the driver and two others were taken to the Brackenridge Hospital in Corsicana. Three victims had minor injuries and were treated and released. A fourth victim was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, but that person’s injuries were not life-threatening, the police statement said.

In a statement to The Washington Post, a spokeswoman for the Federal Highway Administration said that the agency was “aware of the tragic crash.” She said that she would contact the agency’s records office to see if any materials on the agency’s website or other publications might pertain to the crash.

At a news conference Thursday, Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer of the Corsicana Police Department said that a black Tesla Model S on a bridge south of the Eisenhower Expressway had been hit from behind, possibly by a tractor-trailer.

“It happened very quickly,” Hierholzer said.

The Tesla driver, who was identified by family members as 23-year-old Carlos I. Solis, was not hurt, the sheriff said.

Police said the four people injured in the crash were occupants of the truck involved in the collision.

The NTSB and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, though details were not immediately available.

There were no signs that anything had been stolen or deliberately hit the car, Hierholzer said.

It did not appear that anyone in the pickup may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, he said. It was a dark-colored truck, Hierholzer said, which made investigators believe there may have been some construction debris in the road.

The NTSB generally investigates transportation crashes, such as tractor-trailers that plow into pedestrians or vehicles. The NTSB specifically looks at probable causes and potential factors that contributed to the crash, such as human error or mechanical failure.

The NTSB tends to take more time to complete its investigations because the main focus is safety. The NTSB can issue recommendations to industry to try to prevent crashes in the future, but the agency does not make its findings public.

The current investigation into the crash is being led by the Corsicana Police Department and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.

At Thursday’s news conference, authorities said the crash had been declared a fatality, but identification of the passenger had not been made.

Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of Tesla, said on Twitter that he had been in touch with Solis’ family, according to Reuters.

“Such a tragedy,” Musk said. “May God give them strength.”

This article was written by Miles Weiss, Erika Kiel and Rachel Lin from The Washington Post and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to [email protected]

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