One of the two traffic police offices reportedly hit by a Tesla in East China died
Published: May 18, 2021 11:24 AM
Screenshot from Sina Weibo

Screenshot from Sina Weibo

One of the two traffic police officers reportedly hit by a Tesla in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang Province died on Tuesday despite efforts to save him. Another police officer was also injured in the accident. An investigation into the traffic accident is underway.

This came as Tesla said on Tuesday that it will fully cooperate with the relevant authorities in the investigation after a Tesla vehicle reportedly ran into two traffic police who were on duty in Taizhou on Monday, leading to the injuries of two traffic police, with one in severe condition and later died on Tuesday. The driver of the vehicle has been kept under police supervision.

The company previously expressed sincere sympathy for the two wounded and said that it immediately contacted with the relevant departments and reported the situation after hearing the news in its statement on Tuesday morning.

Until the results of the accident investigation are finalized, Tesla will not disclose any more information, the company said, while urging the public to rely on the results of the police identification and accident investigation over the matter.

Reports of the accident quickly rose on the hot search list of China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Tuesday, with up to 250 million viewers and thousands of comments. Many extended their concerns over safety and were keen to see further details relating to the investigation. 

This came after a Tesla rear-ended a truck in Shaoguan, South China's Guangdong Province, on May 7, killing the driver of the electric car, media reports said. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The US electric car has been under public spotlight after a woman surnamed Zhang from Central China's Henan Province climbed onto a Tesla car at Shanghai Auto Show 2021 to protest at a brake malfunction in her Tesla. The incident went viral on China's web platforms.