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State Trooper cruiser rear-ended by Tesla on ‘autopilot’

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NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Troopers were stopped on the side of the highway Saturday morning responding to a disabled vehicle when their car was hit by Tesla driving in autopilot.

According to state police, troopers from Troop G were stopped on I-95 Northbound near Exit 15 in Norwalk when they were hit from behind.

The troopers had their emergency lights activated with a flare pattern behind the car. Police said they were waiting for a tow truck when a 2018 Tesla Model 3 struck the cruiser from behind, continued and struck the disabled vehicle.

The operator of the Tesla told police his car was on “autopilot” while he was checking his dog in the back seat of the car.

He was issued a misdemeanor for reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

No injuries were reported.

Senator Blumenthal released a statement regarding the incident saying,

“This crash could’ve been avoided. While autonomous vehicles are an exciting development, the tech is simply not ready to be deployed safely. Congress must act to protect the public from these vehicles until their safety can be assured.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) Connecticut

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