Tesla Model 3 accelerates and gets airborne into a 20-feet tree pinball as driver remains safe
A sudden Tesla Model 3 acceleration across a JC Penny parking lot at the Olympia Mall in Washington made the electric car go airborne and crash into a tree trunk at 20 feet height before it bounced off several tree tops on the way down to the forest floor.
The Black Lake Towing company that got called to pull the Model 3 wreckage out of the place said that the EV must have flown "at least 85 ft through the air before coming to rest in a swampy muddy area 150 ft from the parking lot." The folks from Black Lake Towing managed to get the car out without having to damage or cut any trees during the operation.
Despite the horrible game of forest pinball that the Model 3 was engaged in while hurtling through the air after its 20-feet tree clash, the driver only suffered minor injuries and about the only part of the car that doesn't look deformed remains the driver and passenger cage.
According to the local authorities, the Tesla Model 3 acceleration wasn't due to some Autopilot mode mishap, as is often the suspicion in such cases, but rather a medical emergency that happened to the driver.
In several other bizarre incidents with the electric car, the drivers confused the brake pedal with the accelerator, according to investigators, and sent the Model 3 on top of an ambulance or landing on a jetty.