One person was killed and nine injured after an autonomous test vehicle rammed into oncoming traffic and collided with four vehicles in Germany, police said on Tuesday.
The electric BMW IX, which was carrying five people, including a small child, skidded out of its lane at a turn in the road and hit an oncoming Citroen.
The BMW then collided head-on with a Mercedes-Benz van, causing 33 year old passenger dies of that vehicle.
Meanwhile, the 70-year-old driver of Citron lost control of his vehicle. As a result of the collision, the car ended up in the opposite lane, local media explained. There he collided face to face with an approaching seat. It was dumped in a ditch along with the 32-year-old driver and his 33-year-old passenger. The engine compartment caught fire immediately.
According to police spokesman Michael Schaal, four rescue helicopters were involved in the relief work and the injured were taken to various hospitals in the area. among them were BMW’s 43-year-old driver, three adults aged 31, 42 and 47 and an 18-month-old boy aboard the test vehicle.
Shawl said the police did not get a chance to interview the people involved in the accident. It was not clear whether the 43-year-old was driving or moving autonomously at the time of the crash in the driver seat of the test BMW.Told.
The German newspaper IDB reported that the rescue service that had been mobilized to the scene had four helicopters and ten ambulances. In addition, 80 firefighters along with 15 emergency vehicles. The road was closed for several hours. According to initial estimates, The damage was at least $172,281.
BMW did not initially respond to a request for comment.
(with info from Associated Press)