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US safety agency probes 'violent' Tesla crash in Detroit

WASHINGTON: The U.S. auto safety agency said on Monday it is investigating a crash in Detroit on Thursday involving a Tesla that became wedged underneath a tractor-trailer and reportedly left a woman in critical condition.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on Monday it is "aware of the violent crash that occurred on March 11 in Detroit involving a Tesla and a tractor trailer. We have launched a Special Crash Investigation (SCI) team to investigate the crash."

NHTSA has previously launched around a dozen SCI teams to investigate Tesla crashes that may be tied to the vehicle’s advanced Autopilot driver assistance system. It is not clear if Autopilot may have been a factor in the Detroit crash.

Tesla did not immediately comment.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)

Source: Reuters

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