The 2016 Tesla Model S was driving northbound near S. Flamingo Road before 4:30 pm. Police report the vehicle left the roadway for reasons unknown. The vehicle swerved through traffic, when it hit some trees and burst into flames, killing the driver, Omar Awan.
The car was consumed by the fire, and police could not extract the driver.
The car’s battery pack is small, but because it was still powered it continued catching fire.
Tesla has been attempting to make certain changes to prevent this from happening and has given instructions on how to deal with their battery packs to local police departments
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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