AUSTIN, Texas — An early-morning crash at Westover Road and Exposition Boulevard caused traffic delays Thursday.
The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. The northbound traffic signal was completely taken out after a Tesla crashed into it, then caught fire.
The Austin Fire Department said because the car was a Tesla, firefighters had to use 40 times the amount of water that they would use on a normal car fire.
"They obviously run completely on battery power, so there's a battery under the frame, which makes it hard to get to. Plus, once it's burning, they're extremely hard to put out – they'll reignite," AFD Division Chief Thayer Smith said. "As soon as you stop pouring water on it and it looks like it's out, it would just reignite."
The driver, a minor, had no injuries but was arrested for driving under the influence.
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