First totalled Model Y? New Tesla SUV severely damaged in rear-end collision

The Tesla Model Y was first released in the US in March, and since then we have yet to see any reports of major accidents involving the electric SUV.

Unfortunately that streak came to an end earlier this week in Santa Barbara, California.

A white Model Y was travelling northbound on Highway 101 between Carpinteria and Montecito during the morning commute, when according to California Highway Patrol the driver of a white pickup truck rear-ended up to 10 vehicles. (via Noozhawk)

White pickup truck involved
Peter Hartmann / Noozhawk photo

According to witnesses, the driver of the pickup truck was deliberately hitting the other vehicles. Once the truck came to a stop, some nearby construction workers were able to detain him until authorities arrived on scene.

The Model Y was severely damaged, and had to be towed from the scene. It also appears from the photo that a white Model 3 was also damaged in the hit and run, but not as severely.

Several minor to moderate injuries were reported, with one person transported to hospital.

This accident, and the resulting damage also raises an important question about the third row seats which are supposed to be released in 2021. Recent speculation, including by Sandy Munro, suggests a rear facing third row might be a possibility, similar to how the Model S had a third row.

Seeing the damage here, I’m not sure so sure a rear-facing third row would be a good idea.

Sandy Munro 3rd row Tesla Model Y

Featured image: John Palminteri / KEYT News photo

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