According to reports, two small explosions happened shortly after the crash and the metal frame of the vehicle was the only remaining parts of the auto after the fire. All of this is reported to be the direct consequences of the crash and not the explosion, by which time everyone was within a safe distance from the vehicle. Footage of the incident showed the auto at the side of the road with thick black smoke rising from the vehicle, consumed in a fireball. This is why the firm insists that the driver should be ready to take over control at any time.
Mr Tretiyakov reportedly suffered a concussion and a leg fracture, while the children suffered cervical spine and chest injuries.
The auto, driven by a Russian businessman and carrying his two children, struck a tow truck that was tending to a vehicle on the side of the highway near Moscow, according to Russian news outlet Zvezda.
In an interview with REN TV, driver Alexei Tretyakov said he was using the Model 3's Autopilot in driver assistance mode, but had his hands on the steering wheel.
"I was going along Moscow ring road in the left lane with a speed of 100kph (62mph) and did not notice a parked GAZelle tow truck", he said.
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"It was not on full-scale automatic control - in Model 3 there is the function "driver's assistant" only, so I was holding the wheel". They all escaped from the vehicle.
Joe Young, media relations associate for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), demonstrates a front crash prevention test on a 2018 Tesla Model 3 at the IIHS-HLDI Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, Virginia, U.S., July 22, 2019.
Tesla did not respond immediately to a request for comment.