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Tesla Model S in Fatal Crash Was Driverless: Reports

Two died in Texas suburb as car hit tree, burned for hours.
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A Telsa  (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report car involved in a fatal accident over the weekend in Texas was believed to be without a driver, according to multiple news reports published on Sunday.

The Tesla Model S crashed into a tree, caught fire and led to the deaths of two passengers on in front and one in back, according to multiple reports quoting local police.

TheStreet could not immediately reach the administrative office of the police department covering the Texas suburb outside of Houston, where the fiery crash occurred, because its phone line was busy on Sunday. The area's fire department was also no answering the phone.

But local television stations in the area quoted police as saying they believe no driver was in the car at the time. 

“With the physical evidence and the things of that nature on the scene, that night the position of the bodies the trajectory of the impact they are 100% certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact. They are positive," Mark Herman, the Harris County Constable for Precinct 4, said, according to KHOU-11. "And again the height from the backseat to the front seat that would be almost impossible but again our investigators are trained to handle collisions several of our folks are reconstructionist but they feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle.”

Two passengers aboard the Model S were pronounced dead at the scene, another news outlet, KPRC-2, reported.

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The car was reportedly driving at a high speed when it failed to properly take a turn and ran off the road, according to reports.

Images posted on KPRC-2's website showed the burnt remains of what was left of the vehicle that crashed Saturday night.

Firefighters said they "had to call Tesla to figure out how to oust the blaze," according to a Twitter post by a KPRC-2 reporter, Deven Clarke.

Tesla could not be immediately reached for comment, but hours earlier CEO Elon Musk posted a note on Twitter touting the safety of its cars.

"Tesla with Autopilot engaged now approaching 10 times lower chance of accident than average vehicle," he wrote.

This story has been updated. An earlier statement referring to the car's autopilot status has been deleted.