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The Latest: Safety agency to investigate fatal Tesla wreck

March 2, 2019

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal crash involving a Tesla (all times local):

10:35 p.m.

A federal safety agency is sending a three-member team to investigate a fatal crash involving a Tesla electric car and a semitrailer that is strikingly similar to a fatal 2016 crash involving a Tesla.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Friday night that the team would work in cooperation with local authorities following the Friday morning crash in Delray Beach.

A sheriff’s report says the tractor-trailer was making a left turn onto a divided highway when the 2018 Tesla Model 3 hit the semi’s driver side, tearing off the Tesla’s roof as it passed under the trailer. The Tesla’s driver, 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner, was killed.

The report didn’t say whether the Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system or its automatic emergency braking system were working at the time of the crash.

A similar type of crash occurred in May 2016 when a Tesla driver was using the Autopilot system.

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8:10 p.m.

Authorities say a Florida man died after crashing a Tesla into a semitrailer.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report says the crash occurred Friday morning in Delray Beach.

The report says the truck was making a left turn onto a divided highway to head north when the southbound 2018 Tesla 3 hit the semi’s driver side, causing the Tesla’s roof to tear off as it passed under the trailer. The Tesla’s driver, 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner, died at the scene.

The report didn’t say whether the Tesla’s autopilot or automatic emergency brakes were engaged.

The car manufacturer released a statement saying they’re cooperating with authorities.

The crash comes less than a week after a Tesla left the road in Davie, Florida, and caught fire after crashing.