A Tesla Autopilot auto plowed into a truck

Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's air bags

Witnesses indicated the Tesla Model S did not brake prior to impact. Police Sgt. Samuel Winkler said the car's air bags

Police in Utah are investigating whether or not a fast-moving Tesla automotive that rear-ended a fireplace truck on Friday was in autopilot mode.

Schwall, who had been the director of field performance engineering at Tesla, exited the company amid the NTSB probe into multiple crashes involving the electric vehicles, the report added.

Sgt. Sam Winkler, South Jordan Police, said the crash happened at about 6:38 p.m. involving a Tesla Model S and a mechanic truck from the Unified Fire Authority at 10400 South Bangerter Highway.

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The 28-year-old female driver from Lehi was transported to a nearby hospital with a broken ankle.

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) - A Tesla sedan with a semi-autonomous Autopilot feature has rear-ended a fire department truck at 60 miles per hour apparently without braking before impact, but police say it's unknown if the Autopilot feature was engaged. As for the fire truck and its driver, not much damage was encountered.

There was light rain falling and roads were wet when the crash occurred, police said in a statement.

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While there is still a debate over what has actually caused the accident - man or machine, it is worth mentioning that the driver has suffered only a broken ankle. But, the system recommends drivers to still stay alert and keep their hands on the steering wheel.

The company confirmed the move earlier reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said Schwall joined Waymo's safety team led by former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Ron Medford. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said he didn't know whether the agency would get involved with the crash.

Tesla and Waymo did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment on Sunday.

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