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Second U.S. Agency Opens Probe Into Tesla Autopilot Crash

  • NHTSA sending investigators; NTSB will also evaluate
  • Tesla Model S with Autopilot on crashed into parked firetruck
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A second federal safety agency has opened a probe of an accident in which a Tesla Inc. car on Autopilot rammed into a parked firetruck, a sign of the scrutiny the emerging automated and drive-assist technology is receiving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is sending a team of investigators to California to evaluate the crash and "assess lessons learned," the agency said in a statement Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday that it was also sending investigators to examine the Monday morning collision, in which a Model S hit the truck assisting in a separate accident on the side of a freeway near Los Angeles.