Tesla bursts into flames on highway after debris gets caught underneath

A Tesla Model S began smoking, caught on fire and was unrecognizable afterward (Pictures: Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company)

A Tesla caught in flames and and was completely scorched after a large chunk of debris went underneath it.

A family was driving their Tesla Model S west on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania on Tuesday when it began smoking, reported. The couple, Bob and Michelle, were taking family members to see a relative at the time of the incident.

Their daughter said she saw a big piece of debris in the middle of the road that they were not able to swerve around and avoid. Smoke began spewing from the vehicle shortly after.

The family pulled over and got out of the car, and almost immediately afterward it caught on fire. Their dog, Coco, also escaped unscathed.

The family driving the Tesla managed to escape unscathed (Picture: Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company)

Members of the Winburne Fire Company and the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company responded to the blaze and spent almost two hours and 12,000 gallons of water to put it out.

The Tesla’s lithium-ion battery may have been what was causing the fire to flare back.

When the fire was finally extinguished, the Tesla brand was unrecognizable. Its frame, tires and other parts were a black pile of metal.

‘This vehicle burnt so hot and long that if it was not for the rims you might not even of know it was a vehicle,’ the fire department.

The Tesla Model S was scorched into a pile of metal (Picture: Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company)

One lane on mile marker 137 was restricted as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

Teslas have been in the headlines for various incidents and recalls.

In 2019, a in Shanghai, China. The incident went viral, with Weibo users saying that the vehicle experienced ‘spontaneous self-combustion’. No one was injured from the blaze. The cause of the fire was under investigation, with some people expressing concern over the car’s large lithium-ion batteries.

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