Tesla Crash Sends Batteries Flying Into Nearby Homes, Sparking House Fire
By Bill Galluccio
November 20, 2020
An Oregon man managed to walk away from a horrific high-speed crash that sent parts of his car's battery crashing into nearby homes. Authorities said that 21-year-old Dylan Milota was under the influence of marijuana as he sped through the streets of Corvallis at 100 mph in his Tesla Model 3.
Milota lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a power pole and several trees before the mangled car came to a stop on the side of the road. The car's battery pack blew apart in the crash, sending hundreds of flaming-hot pieces of the battery in all directions. Two of the battery cells landed in nearby homes. One of the parts landed on somebody's lap, while the other piece landed in a child's bed, starting a small fire. The child was not in bed at the time.
One of the car's tires also went flying and crashed into the second story of a nearby apartment building. The tire hit the building with enough force to rupture the water pipes in the wall, destroying a bathroom and flooding the downstairs apartment.
Milota left the scene of the accident and was found by officers a few blocks away. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He was not taken to jail but is facing charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving.
Photo: Corvallis Police Department