Video: Tesla Model S Strikes Object, Gets Air, Continues Driving When Semi Overturns on Route 101

NOV 19 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

On October 18, a big rig rolled over on the Northbound side of U.S. Route 101 in Redwood City, California.

Tesla Model S Seen Avoiding Wreckage

Tesla Model S Seen Avoiding Wreckage

The traffic alert rang out:

ALERT: Heavy backup on Hwy. 101 at Woodside Rd. in Redwood City due to overturned big-rig.

A dash cam caught the carnage and out of the mess appears a Tesla Model S (oncoming Southbound lane – second vehicle to emerge through the cloud of smoke/debris).

The driver appears to react to an object in the road, but it was too late.  As the video shows, the Model S impacted an unknown object and went slightly airborne.  The skilled driver somehow managed to keep the Model S under control though.

There were no reports of a fire associated with this wreck, though its obvious that something struck the undercarriage of the Model S.

This video certainly doesn’t prove anything, but it does convince us that, despite what some media outlets try to wrongfully say, not every Model S accident results in flames.

Hat tip to Brian Henderson!

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17 Comments on "Video: Tesla Model S Strikes Object, Gets Air, Continues Driving When Semi Overturns on Route 101"

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kdawg

This will be a front page article on no newspaper ever.
🙂

MDEV

This video is old I watched long time ago what is the point?

Aaron

“…not every Model S accident results in flames.”

Sam

“it does convince us that, despite what some media outlets try to wrongfully say, not every Model S accident results in flames.”

Nelson

The point is obvious as stated in the last sentence of the story.
All Model S accidents don’t result in the car catching on fire.

“This video certainly doesn’t prove anything, but it does convince us that, despite what some media outlets try to wrongfully say, not every Model S accident results in flames.”

NPNS!
Volt#671

Assaf

OMG another reminder that the most dangerous thing most of us do in our lifetime is going on the road… and we do it almost every day!

Anon

Risk Assessment, is something people do very poorly at. Most folks use their “gut” to make an emotional, ‘intuitive’ choice that’s usually wrong. This explains why many folks fear flying, and presume driving (which is more familliar and routine) is safer–, when the hard data is clear that the inverse is actually true.

This is similar for folks like CherylG, who fear dying in Tesla EVs, even though though independent, peer-reviewed data does not support their emotional determination about which is less fatal to use: EVs or Gasoline Vehicles. These erroneous emotional decisions, once made, tend to be extremely difficult for these individuals to correct. Facts and reasoned discussion become wasted efforts.

BTW, your gut is surrounded by enough neurons to fill the skull of a cat. This neural network controls your digestive tract and is what gives people the feeling of butterflies in their stomach when they become emotionally upset. So I ask you– do you want to be controlled by your gut (cat brain), or your intellectual mind on the end of your spinal column?

Nelson

Hmmm…Two real world accidents no fire.
More stories like this are what Tesla needs to vindicate themselves and the Model S.

NPNS!
Volt#671

Anderlan

“skilled driver somehow” should be “Model S with its big flat road-magnet between the axles effortlessly”

Justin H

Thank you for sharing, this should be published more widely, maybe Tesla can find out or they possibly already know about this case (for repairs, etc for that vehicle) and is holding out to shoot back at the media to prove their incorrect about teslas and fires.

Dan Hue

The Tesla simply rolled over something (with one of its wheel), hence the notable bounce. Does not prove anything either way.

Ocean Railroader

I think I would still get my car looked at if this happened to me in that this may not burn the car down but their goes your suspension along with a lot of other things.

Bonaire

Looked at? In one frame, it looks like his front right wheel came off or at least something black got pushed to the left of the car after the impact.

pjwood

Thanks. I think we’re witnessing the new yaw sensors NHTSA required a/o 2009 (I think), on all new vehicles. The driver probably just pointed, and stomped. Looked like full ABS, as he headed out of the frame.

Had he been in a car with a high CG, and without a skateboard battery, he might have rolled over to his death.

Bonaire

The force of going over a large object, like a portion of the road barrier, spreads the load over a wider square area. The PSI of a sharp object impact (say 1 sq inch) is much higher than going over a 2 foot chunk of concrete. The ability to push a 2-foot chunk through the 1/4″ plate of aluminum is much harder than a trailer hitch ball or pipe of some kind.

It is all about the PSI of the impact point.

EV

so tired of hearing about this accident crap

Jesse Gurr

This doesn’t really prove there was no fire though. The other fires happened after they got off the freeway. So we don’t really know what happened after the incident.