Federal investigators are looking into a crash that happened early Wednesday morning. A Tesla Model Y was reportedly operating in “Autopilot” mode when it crashed into a stationary police vehicle.
According to CNBC, Michigan state troopers were responding to the scene of an accident where a vehicle had struck a deer. The police cruiser was parked with emergency lights on, but was partially still in the right lane of the highway.
At 1:12 am, the Tesla struck the police vehicle. Neither the police nor the driver of the Tesla were injured in the crash. Police cited the 22-year-old driver for driving on a suspended license and for faijlure to move over for an emergency vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it has launched an investigation into the accident. It is currently believed that the Tesla was in Autopilot mode when the crash occurred.
This is the second high-profile crash involving a Tesla in Michigan this week. Just a few days prior, a different Tesla was involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer which put two people in critical condition. It is not known whether the vehicle was under manual control or in autonomous mode at the time of the crash. Authorities have retrieved the ‘black box’ from the vehicle which will allow them to determine if Autopilot was engaged.
Image Source: Michigan State Police