Tesla In Switzerland Veers Off Road, Gets Stuck On Train Tracks, Before Needing To Be Removed By Crane
Sat, 07/18/2020 – 07:35
It feels like not a day can go by where a Tesla – or its driver – doesn’t wind up acting erratically. If a car isn’t smashing into inanimate objects or flinging itself off a cliff, it’s starting to feel like the day isn’t really complete anymore. Perhaps that is why, earlier this week, we reported that a German court had decided the company’s use of the term “Autopilot” was misleading.
Regardless, there has been yet another incident involving a Tesla late this week, where it is unclear whether or not Autopilot was involved. Train tracks between between Biberbrugg and Altmatt in Switzerland were blocked on Thursday when a “Tesla got lost on the tracks,” according to Swiss-German media outlet Blick and Swiss news organization Bote.
The report says that the vehicle was “traveling on the H8 in the direction of Rothenthurm and then turned left onto the opposite lane” before “rolling 130 meters across a meadow” and eventually coming to a standstill on the train tracks.
Bote reports that the Tesla was trying to pass another vehicle that was speeding up at around the same time:
A Tesla driver wanted to overtake another car that was also about to overtake at exactly the same time. The Tesla dodged the wet grass on the left, got out of control, drove about 130 meters across the meadow, then onto the railroad tracks and came to a standstill around 40 meters further.
The car wound up getting wedged between the rails of the tracks and needed to be lifted off using a crane. There has been no confirmed reporting on whether or not the car was on Autopilot at the time.
We will continue to keep an eye on this story and will update it with future developments…
And while we don’t yet know if Autopilot was involved in this accident, that hasn’t stopped U.S. highway safety regulators from allowing allowed one accident after the next involving Tesla’s Autopilot to take place without taking any type of decisive action to correct the record and inform consumers that Tesla’s description of its autonomous driving features may differ vastly from reality. The examples pile up (literally) almost daily.
Recall, just this week, we posted a story of a Tesla on Autopilot slamming into an inanimate object. This time it was a Tesla on a highway slamming into the back of a patrol car in the middle of a traffic stop. Luckily, the officer was not in the car and was not injured.
“We can confirm the driver indicated to troopers the Tesla was on autopilot at the time of the collision. Additionally, the driver, a 23-year-old male from Irvine, CA, is being investigated for DUI. He remains in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries,” the Arizona Department of Safety commented on Twitter.
Additionally, it was just about a month ago that we reported about a Tesla traveling on a highway in Taiwan, at what appeared to be full speed, before slamming directly into an overturned truck that was laying across the highway. The Tesla appeared to make little or no change in direction before hitting the truck. At one point, smoke can be seen coming out of the back tires of the vehicle, indicating that the Tesla may have tried to brake – but to no avail.
Days before that incident, we reported on a Tesla that was found to have driven off a cliff under “mysterious” circumstances in Santa Clara County, California.
Finally, two weeks ago, we reported that Tesla’s Autopilot was to blame for a similar near-fatal accident that took place last December. A Massachusetts State Police trooper had just pulled over a vehicle on the side of Route 24 in West Bridgewater when the trooper’s vehicle was slammed into by the Tesla.