Newly released footage shows a speeding Tesla Model 3 crashing into an entrance to the Greater Columbus Convention Center last week. The crash happened a week ago in the Ohio capital, but security camera footage was released yesterday. One thing is for sure, it is amazing that no one was seriously injured.
The Columbus Dispatch Reports that the car ran a red light around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4th. As the video shows, the car passes a red light at the T-turn, which police say travels at about 70 miles per hour. It cultivates on a crash barrier planter, sprays dirt clouds and launches Tesla airborne.
As it happens, the entrance to the convention center is just a few steps below the road level, causing the car to fly in spectacular fashion before exploding through the building like a cool-aid man. Inside, a support column catches the flying EVT, rotating it 180 degrees before stopping it.
The driver, identified as 63-year-old Frantz Jules, is extremely lucky that the surprisingly stiff column prevented the car from making more barrels at the convention center. According to TransmissionThe convention center was used by various organizations at the time, including a girls’ junior volleyball championship.
It is also evidence of Tesla’s safety framework that the passenger carriage appears to be intact despite the violent offset accident. As we can see in the video, the pillar does not appear to have penetrated the cabin.
The Transmission Further reports say Jules told police he “lost control of his brakes” on Ohio Route 315, a nearby freeway. He exits Neil Avenue, which leads directly to the convention center. It was not immediately clear if the car’s autopilot was being used. The newspaper further reported that three eyewitnesses told authorities that the car was seen speeding to hit a red light.
Although it has not been fully shipped which led to another recent Tesla crash, a similar fatal accident occurred in 2019 where a Los Angeles-area freeway enters the funnel surface road. In that case, the autopilot was deployed just before the collision, allowing some to assume that the software did not recognize that the highway was over. Last month, a Tesla plane crashed with a small plane at a trade show. While autopilot lane markers may recognize other vehicles and pedestrians, an open-stretched plane on the sidewalk is probably not something it will encounter.
The Transmission Says it could cost 250,000 to $ 350,000 to repair the convention center. Too bad the statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger, located just feet away from the crash site, did not save the day.