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The Tesla that crashed on top of an ambulance was not in self-driving mode, confirm San Diego authorities

A pedal mishap sent this Tesla on top of an ambulance (image: SDFD)
A pedal mishap sent this Tesla on top of an ambulance (image: SDFD)
The Tesla Model 3 that lodged between an ambulance and a parking lot embankment in San Diego the other day was ruled a human error, rather than caused by engaged Full Self-Driving Beta mode. Instead of jumping on the breaks while parking, the driver slammed the accelerator pedal, resulting in the Tesla landing on the roof of a parked ambulance below.

The incident with a Tesla Model 3 that flew from a parking lot the other day and landed on top of an ambulance was not caused by its self-driving software, but rather a driver error, ruled the local San Diego authorities. The local fire department was called to a car crash scene in Kearny Mesa to witness what one doesn't see every day - a Tesla lodged between a parked ambulance and the embankment behind it.

Since whenever there is an odd incident with a Tesla there is an immediate suspicion that it may have been caused by the Full Self-Driving (FSD) Beta mode gone awry, the authorities were quick to point out that FSD is not the culprit here. The Autopilot option wasn't engaged, it turned out, but rather the reason for the weird Tesla-on-ambulance action was a good ol' human error.

Apparently, the driver pressed the wrong pedal while trying to park and instead of hitting the breaks hard they pressed on the accelerator causing the Tesla to spring forward through a wire fence and launch on top of the ambulance with its front end. The San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) commenced dislodging maneuvers, and, knowing how hard it is to extinguish the flames from a burning electric car, they opted to carefully lift the Tesla by belts and slowly ease it to the ground.

None of the vehicles involved has been totalled and all people in the Model 3 escaped relatively unscathed. The driver and a passenger asked to go to the hospital, while the other passenger opted out of a hospital visit, while nobody outside the vehicle sustained any injuries.

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Daniel Zlatev, 2022-04- 1 (Update: 2022-04- 1)