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Tesla Owner in Fiery Texas Crash Was Initially Driving Car

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on April 17 fatal accident
  • Police had said no one was driving when Tesla struck tree
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The owner of a Tesla Inc. Model S that slammed into a tree last month, who died along with a passenger, was behind the wheel when the car left his house shortly before the crash.

A home surveillance camera captured the owner entering the driver’s seat before the car slowly drove away and accelerated, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Monday.