A Tesla Model 3 taxi reportedly lost control and injured up to 20 people in Paris on Saturday night.
The Mayor of the 13th arrondissement of Paris claimed the Model 3 had a technical failure and accelerated uncontrollably.
Important accident de la circulation au croisement Tolbiac/Ivry/Choisy
Un taxi (avec des passagers à son bord) aurait perdu le contrôle de son véhicule suite à une défaillance technique.
Plusieurs blessés graves pic.twitter.com/3lpJSCw9Us
— Jérôme Coumet (@jerome_coumet) December 11, 2021
Next, it hit two pedestrians at a crosswalk and then smashed a glass recycling container, spraying glass, hitting a passerby.
The Model 3 then reportedly took out a traffic light and hit another pedestrian.
Finally, the cab hit a van close to the restaurant Le Mandarin de Choisy.
#Paris Grave #accident de la circulation dans le 13e arrondissement.
Un chauffeur de #taxi aurait perdu le contrôle de son véhicule fauchant plusieurs personnes sur son passage.
5 urgences absolues, 3 urgences relatives (PP) pic.twitter.com/nZQeyGkhm2
— Stéphanie Roy (@Steph_Roy_) December 11, 2021
French newspapers have conflicting reports on the number of injured in the accident. CNEWS reported eight people in ICU’s and 12 more with injuries.
At the same time, Le Parisien noted seven people with life-threatening injuries and 13 going to the hospital with minor injuries.
It is not clear what went wrong with Model 3. Some believe that the accelerator got stuck, while others think the cruise control accidentally turned on.
Others believe it is another case of sudden unintended acceleration, something that has been found to be false in all other claims.
Tesla did not provide a comment on the situation. However, many believe that Tesla will work with French authorities to assist with the investigation.