Surveillance video shows self-driving Tesla crash on Bay Bridge on Thanksgiving

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A surveillance video involving a self-driving Tesla crashing on the Bay Bridge on Thanksgiving Day has been released. 

The video shows a white Tesla Model S shifting over to the fast lane before quickly braking. The incident led to an eight-vehicle pileup. 

The video was originally obtained and posted online by The Intercept.

The crash happened in late November and caused traffic as lanes were closed during the busy holiday season. 

According to the San Francisco Fire Department, 18 people were affected by the crash. Eight adults and eight minors were treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

The crash is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after the driver of the Tesla Model S told authorities that the vehicle was running on automated-driving systems. 

The NHTSA announced it is sending a second team to investigate another crash in Ohio that is also believed to have been operating on automated-driving systems. 

The NHTSA has investigated a total of 35 crashes that potentially involved Tesla’s autopilot driving system. A total of 19 people died in the crashes.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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