In an incident that may turn out to be eerily similar to one that occurred a month ago, a Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object on a Tennessee roadway.
"From what we understand, the driver ran over a trailer hitch, like a receiver hitch ball," Larry Farley, fire chief for Rutherford County, Tenn., told Design News. "When we got to the scene, there was heavy fire involvement."
The accident on Interstate 24 near Smyrna did not involve any injuries. However, it did cause the vehicle's front end to be engulfed in flames. Photos on the Tesla Motors Club website showed the car's body was charred. "It got so hot, the front of the car pretty much sank right into the asphalt," Farley said. "We had to jack the vehicle up to get water up under there to flood it and put it out."
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