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Tesla owner evades tragedy after Model 3 gets hit by 37-pound boulder

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When Tesla Model 3 owner Jade Insko abandoned his house last Mondayhe believed his drive heading to his workplace would be just like every other. As Insko drove west on Highway 14 near Cape Horn, WA, however, a freak injury occurred. Out of the blue, a boulder dropped into his vehicle that was electric. The impact was enormous, shattering a large portion of the Model 3’s windshield. The rock also bent the steering column, then split the dash, and moved that the practically immovable 15″ center touchscreen before shooting at the passenger seat.

“All of a sudden, my car just seemed to explode as this 37-pound rock flew through the windshield, then smashed to the dash, and bounced directly into the passenger seat,” that the Model 3 owner stated .

Relating his story to some local news outlet, the Model 3 proprietor said that he took him a second before he could process the freak incident . Luckily, his Model 3, bent steering column and split dash and all, was still able to proceed. Insko was finally able to pull to both sides of the street, despite being not able to see because of glass in his eyes and face. 


Jade Insko’s Tesla Model 3 following the accident. [Credit: Ryan Nisle/Facebook]

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“I just pulled forward slowly with my hazards on. I couldn’t find anything, I had glass in my head and eyes and also a giant gap in my windshield,” he explained.

Insko was alone in his automobile, and luckily enough, he had been mostly unharmed. He had some slight injuries due to glass from the shattered windshield, but apart from that, Insko had been fine. His precious Model 3, however, was extensively damaged. Apart from the main impact in the 37-pound boulder, the Model 3’s front end was also damaged due to other rocks on the street, which the auto struck while it was pulling . In a later statement to KGW8 News, Insko noted he and his family were shaken from the encounter.

“I have a spouse and two young children, (ages) 7 and 8, and it struck them hard as well. Knowing that might have been, at a moment, the end,” he stated .


Jade Insko’s Tesla Model 3 following the Crash. [Credit: Ryan Nisle/Facebook]

While the freak injury might have ended on a tragic note, Insko has yet adopted a rather positive take on the episode. After the crash, the Model 3 owner decided to keep the boulder that struck his vehicle. He intends to keep it in his yard for a monument and a reminder about just how bad things might have been.

Tesla’s electrical cars have a reputation for being a few of the safest vehicles on the street. Because of their all-electric layout, Tesla’s vehicles possess substantial crumple zones and a low center of gravity. Just last September, the Model 3 earned a stellar 5-Star Safety Rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the days that followed the statement, Tesla published a followup blog post stating that one of the vehicles tested by the NHTSA, the Model 3 stands as the automobile that gets the cheapest likelihood of harm .  

Teslas have been involved in freak accidents previously. Last September recently, a Model X proprietor Texas was driving through Sugar Land as it had been struck by an actual flying plane . The aircraft at the episode was possessed by the DEA, and according to later reports, the accident was due to a mechanical failure. The pilot managed to run an emergency landing across the street, but throughout the move, the aircraft clipped several electricity lines and struck a few vehicles, such as the Model X. Thanks to the electrical SUV’s durability, the Model X’s motorist and his companion could escape in the accident .

The article Tesla owner evades tragedy following Model 3 has struck by 37-pound boulder appeared initially on TESLARATI.com.

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