Elon Musk, President of Tesla, surprised everyone by commenting on the accident of a Tesla driverless car in a tree north of Houston, Texas, and the death of two people. Musk said the car's autopilot system was not operational when the accident occurred, according to preliminary results. This is the first statement by the head of the American electric car manufacturer after two men died in a Tesla car crash.
Musk wrote on Twitter on Monday, in the company's first reaction to the accident in Texas, the data records recovered so far show that the autopilot system was not operational.
Police had said after initial investigations that they were almost 99.9% sure" that no one was behind the wheel, according to the Wall Street Journal. One of the men was found in the passenger seat and the other in the back seat. The car crashed into a tree and burned after the accident. Accident investigators from the US National Transportation Safety Board went to the scene on Monday.
Police admitted from the start that it was unclear whether the driving assistance system had been operational at the time of the accident. The Tesla car killed two people in Texas, after the car they were traveling in jumped, hit a tree, and burst into flames.
And local television station KHOU announced that the accident occurred in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, when a high-speed Tesla car failed to overtake a bend and got off the road. Once the fire was extinguished, first responders found the bodies of two men, one in the passenger seat and the other in the back seat.
According to a report published by the Business Insider, investigators concluded that no one was in the driver's seat at the time of the accident. The fatal accident comes amid a new wave of Tesla accidents that may have involved autopilot.
In the aftermath of the accident, Tesla's stock on Wall Street plunged more than 3%, and Tesla's stock closed down 3.4%. The company’s share was one of the biggest losers among the stocks on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite. Tesla shares were also affected by a sharp fall at the weekend in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in which the company is investing.