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Driver killed after Tesla burst into flames in Clermont County crash, fire chief says

Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 7:35 AM EST
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CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The driver of a Tesla is dead following a crash in which the car caught on fire, according to a fire chief on the scene in Clermont County.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. Monday on Gaskins Road and Red Fox Avenue, Clermont County dispatchers said.

The Tesla hit a pole and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, dispatchers said.

Nearby Merwin Elementary School in Withamsville was closed Monday because it lost power due to the crash.

The identity of the driver has not been released.

While the model of the Tesla involved in the crash has not been released, Business Insider reported in August about the challenges firefighters can face with electric vehicle fires.

Business Insider said Austin, Texas firefighters used “40 times more water to contain a Tesla” fire compared to “a mainstream gas-powered car that was on fire.”

The report sourced firefighters who said the lithium battery cells in a Model X “can lead to fires breaking out hours after a crash.”

The safety guide for a 2016-2021 Tesla Model S says 3,000 to 8,000 gallons of water could be needed to put out a battery fire.

According to Tesla’s website, “there has been one Tesla vehicle fire for every 205 million miles traveled” from 2012-2020.

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