Video: Tesla Model Y ‘runaway’ crash in China, killing two and injuring three

Video: Tesla Model Y 'runaway' crash in China, killing two and injuring three

The cause of a horrific high-speed crash involving a Tesla Model Y spinning out of control in China remains a mystery as surveillance cameras capture every tragic movement.


A Tesla Model Y electric car was involved in a horrific high-speed accident in China, killing two passers-by and seriously injuring three.

The ensuing carnage was captured by a number of surveillance cameras along the route.



Footage shows the Tesla Model Y quickly gaining speed as it weaves through traffic, seemingly unable to stop or slow down.

As the vehicle sped out of control, it narrowly missed a number of innocent bystanders and other motor vehicles before knocking a bicyclist off his wheel, killing a motorcyclist and slamming head-on into a small delivery vehicle before spinning out of control into a building.

The driver of the Tesla Model Y is said to have been unharmed.



Overseas media quoted a family member of the driver as attributing the accident to a malfunction in Tesla’s autonomous Autopilot technology.

However, Tesla has strongly denied this, telling foreign media that its data showed the brake pedal was not pressed during the ordeal.

While the driver seemed quick to blame the car, safety experts believe the fatal high-speed run may have been caused by the driver mistaking the brake pedal for the accelerator.



It would explain why the car accelerated so quickly and to such a high speed when the panicked driver floored the gas pedal and not the brake pedal.

Tesla has yet to make a public statement, but foreign media have reported that the company is working with the Chinese authorities responsible for investigating the horrific crash.

Due to the graphic nature of this video, Drive has decided not to embed it in this story. The YouTube link can be found here. Warning: graphic video.



Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, most of his time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motor editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018 and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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