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The NTSB has released new preliminary information on a Model S crash that took place in early May of this year, noting that the vehicle was traveling at 116MPH seconds before it wrecked, at which moment it was driving at 86MPH (a speed which may or may not be otherwise survivable).

The crash, which killed two teenagers and injured a third, happened on State Route A1A in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The following information hit the wires in the afternoon on Tuesday:

  • NTSB SAYS TESLA WAS TRAVELING 116 MPH IN SECONDS BEFORE CRASH
  • NTSB RELEASES PRELIMINARY REPORT ON TESLA FIRE IN FLORIDA
  • TESLA MODEL S DRIVEN BY 18-YEAR-OLD HIT WALL, CAUGHT FIRE

The NTSB investigation had been ongoing since early May, according to CNBC.

The investigation was previously said to have focused on the electric battery fire that occurred after the crash, and it was also reported shortly after the crash that Autopilot was not likely to be involved or investigated. The initial police report for the crash noted that speed was likely a factor.

It’s not until the full NTSB report is released that we will have further details whether or not the battery was at fault for the fire that ultimately engulfed the vehicle. We had previously reported on details of the crash shortly after it took place.

As WPLG reported at the time, in the "horrific crash" of the Tesla Model S with three young people hit a wall and then caught on fire, while a third teen was ejected from the car.

A third man, also 18, who was in the backseat of the Tesla Model S, was thrown from the car when it crashed in the 1300 block of Seabreeze Boulevard, said Tracy Figone, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He was hospitalized. His condition was not known.

Neighborhood resident Wendy Mascolo told WFOR-Ch. 4 that she heard the violent crash when it happened and ran to help. “These parents, they got the worst call of their lives and their lives are never going to be the same,” she told the station.