(RTTNews) – Days after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Association filed an investigation into Tesla Inc’s (TSLA) Autopilot, a variant of the Model 3 crashed at a school in southern England, injuring six children and one adult. An 8-year-old had to be flown to a nearby hospital in a rescue helicopter after being seriously injured in the crash.
The blue Model 3 being driven by a 47-year-old woman crashed near Ardingly, Sussex, on Monday afternoon. The school’s principal, Ben Figgis, said the children were getting ready for a summer camp near the school grounds. However, the administration has yet to confirm whether or not Autopilot was involved in the crash.
The woman involved in the accident was not injured while the victims were taken to hospital. The eight-year-old, who was flown to St George’s Hospital in London, is also reportedly stable and being treated in hospital.
As cases of autopilot-related accidents against the electric vehicle maker mount, Sussex Police have described the incident as a “collision between a car and pedestrians”.
Superintendent James Collins added: “The cause of the collision will form part of our inquiry and we are asking people not to speculate at this time.”
Tesla has been the subject of much controversy lately after the NHTSA reported 17 injuries and at least one death due to the failure of the automaker’s autopilot system. The Bureau of Investigation has reported 11 accidents involving the Advanced Driving Driving Assistance System in the cars. This case is not intended to influence the investigations in the USA, but the company’s image will certainly be tarnished.
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