A Tesla logo on a Model S is photographed at a Tesla dealer in New York.
Lucas Jackson | Reuters
The U.S. auto safety agency announced on Monday that it would be gathering information about an accident in which a Tesla vehicle crashed into an articulated truck in New Jersey.
The 44-year-old Tesla driver said he turned on his cruise control “when he lost focus on the road surface for a moment,” and drove his car under the trailer on Monday morning, according to a statement from the South Brunswick Police Department.
“The impact was so severe that the roof was torn off the passenger side of the vehicle.”
The Tesla was destroyed in the accident, but the driver was slightly injured.
“NHTSA is aware of the Tesla crash in New Jersey on March 29th. We have contacted Tesla and local law enforcement regarding this crash and will act accordingly if we have more information,” said a representative from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a statement according to Reuters.
Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The NHTSA announced earlier this month that it has opened 27 investigations into accidents involving Tesla vehicles, 23 of which are still active, and at least three of the accidents have occurred in recent weeks.