South Jordan, Utah (News4Utah) – A 28-year-old woman from Lehi was injured after the Tesla she was driving slammed into the back of a truck on Bangerter Highway on Friday night.
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.
Winkler said information gathered during the investigation was the Tesla was southbound on Bangerter Highway, traveling at the posted speed limit of 60 miles per hour when for an unknown reason the driver failed to stop for the red light. A Unified Fire Authority truck was stopped in the southbound travel lane when the Tesla ran into the back of the truck at 60 miles per hour. Witnesses indicated the driver of the Tesla did not brake prior to impact.
The female driver of the Tesla, from Lehi, was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including a broken right ankle.
This remains an active investigation and although the Tesla does have auto-pilot technology, it is unknown if that was being used at the time of the incident. There was light rain falling and the roads were reported to have been wet at the time of the collision.
A spokesperson for Tesla issued the following statement:
“Tesla has not yet received any data from the car and thus does not know the facts of what occurred, including whether Autopilot was engaged.”
No injuries were reported to the driver of the Unified Fire Authority vehicle.