When a Tesla Model S caught fire after crashing into road debris in Washington earlier this month, company officials stressed that it was the first and only known Model S fire on public roads.
Less than a month later, they’ll have to add another tally to that list.
According to AutoGuide.com, the crash happened October 18th in Mexico when a speeding Tesla hit a raised pedestrian crossing and took flight before crashing into a wall and tree.
The driver quickly left the scene, leaving the Tesla to burn for several minutes before firefighters arrived.
A Tesla spokesperson noted that the driver walked away from this dangerous accident unharmed, highlighting the passenger safety of the vehicle.
“This was a significant accident where the car was traveling at such a high speed that it smashed through a concrete wall and then hit a large tree, yet the driver walked away from the car with no permanent injury.”
“He is appreciative of the safety and performance of the car and has asked if we can expedite delivery of his next Model S,” the spokesperson added.
It will be interesting to see whether this fire will spark another PR crisis for Tesla like the last one did.
But it’s not like these cars are catching fire on the road spontaneously. So far, both incidents involved extensive damage to the vehicles before engulfing into flames.