Tesla Model 3 car explodes after hitting truck

Watch Self-Driving Tesla Car Catch Fire and Explode After Collision in Moscow

Tesla's website states: "Current Autopilot features require active driver supervision and do not make the vehicle autonomous".

"I was going along Moscow ring road in the left lane with a speed of 100kph (62mph) and did not notice a parked GAZelle tow truck", he said. He said he didn't see the vehicle.

He later said the vehicle had been in "drive assistance mode", in which enhanced safety features are enabled but the driver's hands remain on the wheel, and that he had failed to see the truck.

Video footages of the vehicle catching fire and exploding have been circulating on social networking platforms like Instagram.

The vehicle caught fire after the crash but the driver was able to escape before the auto was engulfed in flames.

In a video posted to Instagram by user gagorun (below), you can see two small explosions in quick succession, engulfing the vehicle in flames and smoke.

It was not possible to tell which Tesla model the vehicle was and only the metal frame remained after the fire. Tesla declined to comment on the crash, which occurred Saturday. All three escaped from the vehicle. Reuters reported that Tretyakov broke his legs and his kids suffered injuries.

In the past, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has routinely defended the car's Autopilot system.

But last week the U.S. Department of Transportation released documents in response to a freedom of information request from legal transparency group PlainSite, which revealed that the NHTSA had sent the company a cease-and-desist letter for making "misleading statements" with regards to the safety of the Model 3. Some Tesla owners bought higher models since they provide greater range, they claimed that Tesla removed this with the software update which resulted to devaluing their tesla cars, limiting the distance their vehicles can travel and forcing them to recharge their vehicles more frequently. Incidentally, Tretyakov made a point of noting that his hands were on the steering wheel at the time, per Tesla's guidelines.

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