3 injured when Tesla crashes atop ambulance

SAN DIEGO (KSWB) — Three people were injured Wednesday when a Tesla crashed through a fence and landed on an ambulance in a San Diego parking lot, officials said.

The crash happened around 9:40 a.m. just south of Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Kearny Mesa, Calif., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue.

It was not immediately clear how the driver lost control, but it appears he accelerated out of a parking space instead of backing up, officials said. The car rolled down a small embankment, crashed through a fence and landed on an ambulance parked in the lot below.

Photos shared on the fire department’s Twitter account showed the Tesla sitting atop the downed fence, with its front half poised precariously on the ambulance and its rear half still on the hill. The front wheels and two front doors of the car were suspended in the air, filling a gap between the ambulance and a 7 or 8 foot wall.

A San Diego Fire-Rescue official looks at the suspenders holding a Tesla in position after its driver crashed down a hill and landed on top of an ambulance in Kearny Mesa. (Photo: San Diego Fire Department)

Authorities told three people inside the car to stay put until a technical rescue team could reach them, SDFD’s Mónica Muñoz told KSWB by email. Rescuers eventually removed the trio and they were taken to hospital with injuries. Officials did not share further details on their status.

Crews then had to figure out how to safely remove the car from the ambulance. Firefighters said they were concerned about potentially damaging the electric vehicle’s battery. The technical rescue team tools used to chock the car while they thought about what to do next.

At around 11:45 a.m., crews had lifted the car from the other vehicle and brought it back to the ground, threading thick straps through each window and onto the ceiling of the Tesla, then pulling it with a crane.

The ambulance involved in the crash was part of a long line of emergency vehicles parked in the lower parking lot.

No one outside of the Tesla was injured in the crash, officials said.


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