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Tesla’s Cybertruck Has Its First Reported Accident

Tesla’s Cybertruck Has Its First Reported Accident

The Tesla Cybertruck was involved in its first reported accident. On Thursday, a Toyota Corolla collided with the stainless steel truck. Reportedly, a 17-year-old was driving the Corolla while it was traveling north on California’s Skyline Boulevard.

The California Highway Patrol has confirmed to The Verge that a two-vehicle accident took place on the road. They further stated that the only reported injury was a suspected minor one to the Cybertruck driver.

A Reddit user shared two images of the accident, revealing a seemingly undamaged Cybertruck. Meanwhile, the Toyota Corolla’s front end appeared demolished.

The photograph depicts only the passenger side of the truck. The user mentioned a limited view of the side where the suspected injury took place. Reportedly, the Cybertruck had two additional passengers besides the driver.

Dashcam Footage Offers Another View of Tesla’s Cybertruck Accident

In dashcam footage posted on YouTube, you can catch a glimpse of the driver’s side and front of the Corolla as it approaches the accident. While we’re unable to see the front of the Cybertruck, there is a noticeable difference in the damage between the sides and the rear, even though the side-curtain airbags have been deployed. Regardless, it’s clear it held up better than the Corrola.

According to a report examined by The Verge, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated that the driver of the Toyota had executed a right turn. He then “subsequently struck a dirt embankment on the right shoulder.” A release from the CHP revealed further details. “The Toyota then re-entered the roadway, crossed over the double yellow lines into the northbound lane, and crashed into a Tesla Cybertruck traveling north on SR-35 northbound,” the CHP wrote.

Concerns have been raised by experts regarding the potential consequences of a collision involving the Cybertruck. This formidable vehicle, weighing an impressive 3.5 tons and boasting acceleration comparable to that of a Formula 1 car, has been classified as highly hazardous.

The decision to use cold-rolled stainless steel to encase the truck’s frame has drawn attention and scrutiny due to its potential impact on the vehicle’s “crumple zone” – the area designed to deform and absorb collision energy. However, Tesla’s Elon Musk dismissed such concerns. “Yes, we are highly confident that Cybertruck will be much safer per mile than other trucks. Both for occupants and pedestrians,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).