Tesla vehicle in Autopilot mode crashes into fire truck in Utah

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The semi-autonomous Tesla Autopilot, meanwhile, remains under siege from critics, prompting Tesla CEO Elon Musk to fire back and defend the technology. It was unknown at the time of the accident whether the driver was operating on the Autopilot feature.

Responding to a user who indicated that Tesla's autopilot function still needs safety tweaking, Musk stated: "It certainly needs to be better & we work to improve it every day, but flawless is enemy of good". In a memo sent to employees, Musk noted he was "flattening (the company's) management structure to improve communications", while shifting away from "activities that are not vital to the success of our mission". By the end of the first quarter, Tesla was barely rolling out 2,000 Model 3 sedans a week, well short of its 2,500 vehicle goal.

Despite the rocky relationship between Tesla and the NTSB, agency spokesperson Keith Holloway said he's still uncertain as to whether the agency will open an investigation into the accident. But there's been a growing push by short-sellers and some traditional supporters have begun asking more troubling questions - many now expecting Tesla to have to raise new capital despite Musk's claim that it has enough cash in hand to get through 2018 without a new stock offering. "An impact at that speed usually results in severe injury or death", he tweeted. On Friday a Tesla Model S crashed into the back of a firetruck in South Jordan, Utah. Last week a Model S crashed into a concrete wall and caught fire in Florida, killing two teenagers.

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"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", Musk tweeted.

There was light rain falling and roads were wet when the crash occurred, police said in a statement.

The NTSB and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are also looking into the performance of the company's Autopilot system in the March crash of a Tesla Model X on a California highway.

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Earlier it was reported that the city of CULVER city, California Tesla on autopilot crashed into the auto by firefighters.

The South African-born executive again took to Twitter in response to coverage of the Utah crash. "Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death".

"It's super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in USA auto accidents alone in past year get nearly no coverage", he tweeted.

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