WASHINGTON: California state transportation officers did not restore a freeway security system significantly broken in a high-speed crash 11 days earlier than a deadly collision in March 2018 involving a Tesla in Autopilot mode, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated Monday.
Within the first crash, the NTSB stated the driving force of a 2010 Toyota Prius was touring in extra of 75 miles per hour (121 km per hour) when the automobile struck a crash attenuator, which is designed to soak up crash forces earlier than a car hits a concrete median barrier. The motive force survived with no main accidents.
Within the second crash 11 days later, the driving force of a 2017 Tesla Mannequin X was going 71 mph (114 kph) when he struck the identical attenuator on US-101 in Mountain View, California. The entrance of the Tesla separated from the rear after which collided with two different autos. The crash killed the driving force of the Tesla, 38-year-old Apple engineer Walter Huang.
“The security advantages of a functioning crash attenuator had been demonstrated by the variations between the extent of driver accidents within the two March 2018 crashes that passed off at this location,” the NTSB stated.
The company remains to be investigating the crash. Tesla and California didn’t instantly remark. The NTSB is investigating quite a lot of crashes of Tesla autos wherein the driving force help system was in use. The system permits folks to maintain their arms off the wheel for prolonged intervals.
The report stated that after the March 11 crash the California Freeway Patrol didn’t notify the California Division of Transportation of the injury to the attenuator as required.
The NTSB discovered “systemic issues throughout the California Division of Transportation (Caltrans) that negatively have an effect on the well timed restore of visitors security .”
State employees found the broken attenuator on March 20 however no date for substitute of the attenuator was scheduled. It was lastly changed three days after the deadly Tesla crash.
The NTSB stated within the three years earlier than the Tesla crash, the attenuator was struck no less than 5 occasions, together with one crash that resulted in deadly accidents and was struck once more in Could 2018.
The NTSB beforehand discovered issues with Caltrans upkeep after reviewing a 2016 deadly crash involving a motorcoach that collided with an attenuator on US-101 in San Jose. In that case, the NTSB decided the attenuator had been broken 44 days earlier than the crash.