NTSB Issues Investigative Update in Fatal Texas Tesla Crash

10/21/2021

​​WASHINGTON (Oct. 21, 2021) – The National Transportation Safety Board Thursday issued an investigative update into the April 17 fatal crash of a Tesla in Spring, Texas.

The Tesla Model S P100D car was westbound on Hammock Dunes Place when it left the road, drove over a curb, and hit a drainage culvert, a raised manhole and a tree. A post-crash fire destroyed the car. The car was occupied by a driver and one passenger, both of whom died in the crash.

Based on a forensic examination of the steering wheel and information from the car’s event data recorder, the NTSB found:

  • Both driver and passenger seats were occupied at time of crash
  • Damage to steering wheel was due to an impact.
  • The vehicle reached a speed of 67 mph during the 5 seconds leading up to crash.
Steering wheel viewed from left.

Steering wheel viewed from left. Yellow dotted line shows measured displacement of outer rim from top right front corner of center hub cover. (NTSB photo by Adrienne Lamm)

The full investigative update can be found here on the crash investigation page.

The crash is still under investigation. Information in this update is preliminary and will be supplemented or corrected during the course of the investigation.​

To report an incident/accident or if you are a public safety agency, please call 1-844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290 to speak to a Watch Officer at the NTSB Response Operations Center (ROC) in Washington, DC (24/7).