The owner of a Tesla Model X is crediting her all-electric vehicle for saving her life after being involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle that came into her lane.
“I’m just happy to be alive,” Irina, the driver of the Model X, told Teslarati during a discussion about the accident.
On February 13, Irina was traveling near a local cemetery with her dog when a Lincoln Towncar came into her lane. “It is a local road with a speed limit of 25 MPH. I was going 26 or 27,” she told us, while the Towncar appeared to be picking up speed.
Irina attempted to avert the collision by slowing down and pulling onto the shoulder of the road. The vehicle continued toward her Model X, and eventually collided with her. The Towncar ignited into flames, eventually catching the Tesla on fire.
A crash investigation report from the New Jersey Police revealed the driver of the Towncar stated they were traveling when “all of a sudden they saw a blue Tesla driving at them head-on.”
However, the accident occurred on the opposite side of the road, with illustrations within the report revealing the Towncar ran toward oncoming traffic. The police also wrote in the report:
“Damage to the vehicles, as well as the final resting spots of the vehicles, revealed that Vehicle 01 (Towncar) crossed into the Northbound lane, causing Vehicle 02 (Tesla) to drive off the road to avoid collision. Both vehicles ultimately collided head-on.”
The driver of the Towncar was also issued two citations: one for Careless Driving and another for Failure to Keep Right.
The report also indicates that the Towncar caught on fire after the crash, eventually spreading to the Tesla, causing “disabling damage” to both vehicles.
Irina told us she credits the Tesla’s robust safety design for her relatively minor injuries. “I’m a little sore,” she said. Ultimately, the pictures of the accident reveal Irina is incredibly lucky.
Tesla vehicles have incredible reputations in terms of safety. The vehicle in question, which was a 2017 Model X 75D, has a perfect five-star safety rating, according to the NHTSA.
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However, it is just a continuation of the automaker’s already stellar reputation in terms of safety. The most recent example of Tesla’s incredible safety expertise was the tragic story of a man who drove his Model Y off a California cliffside, with all four vehicle occupants surviving with minor injuries.
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