Cars crash all the time, but when a Tesla crashes, it can become worldwide news. We try not to get suckered into every crash report, but a new fatal event out of Holland involving a Model S did catch our eye. That's because the Google-translated report from RTV NH says that the battery was, "partially thrown from the car when it crashed into the tree." Since the battery in the Tesla Model S and X is an integral part of the vehicle structure, having it fly free would be an unusual situation.

So, we asked Tesla what it knew about the situation, especially the battery issue, and a Tesla spokesperson told AutoblogGreen that, "Technical personnel are on the scene, and we are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. We are deeply saddened to hear that this accident involved a fatality. We will share our findings as soon as possible following the investigation."

In other words, sit tight for now.

Whether or not the fatal crash involved Autopilot is not yet known, but local report say that the 53-year-old driver swerved off the road and crashed into a tree.

UPDATE: Telsa sent us the following statement late on Wednesday: We are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. Thus far, we can confirm from the car's logs that Autopilot was not engaged at any time during the drive cycle and that, consistent with the damage that was observed after the vehicle struck the tree, the vehicle was being driven more than 155 kph.

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