Tesla Model 3 keeps passengers safe after being smashed by fallen tree

Credit: San Mateo County Sheriff's Office

A Tesla Model 3 was smashed by a fallen tree during heavy storms in California last night. Both passengers are expected to be okay in yet another display of the company’s vehicles’ safety advantages.

Two passengers were riding in a Tesla Model 3 Performance at Old La Honda Road and Skyline Boulevard in Portola Valley, California, located in San Mateo County. Heavy storms impacted the area last night, and strong winds and rain made driving conditions unfavorable.

When the Model 3 was driving along the road last night, a tree collapsed and fell on the front of the vehicle, running up the windshield and stretching across the road. The road was eventually closed by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Both passengers are expected to be okay, the Sherrif’s Office said.

Teslarati reached out to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for an update on the passengers’ condition but did not receive an immediate response.

The incident is a testament to the repeatedly proven safety of Tesla vehicles and their ability to keep passengers safe in some of the most horrific accidents.

Over the years, Teslas, along with any other manufacturer’s vehicles, have been involved in some frightening accidents, including instances of them being crushed by 18-wheelers and, more recently, being driven off of cliffs, with either minor or no injuries to report.


The Model 3 has held a perfect Five-Star Safety Rating with the IIHS every year since 2019 and is one of the vehicles with the elusive Top Safety Pick+ label, which is reserved for the industry’s safest vehicles.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at joey@teslarati.com. He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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