Vancouver Driver Smashed His Way Out Of A Burning Tesla & The Video Is Terrifying

The car went up in flames at an intersection!

The Tesla smoking. Right: The Tesla on fire.

The Tesla smoking. Right: The Tesla on fire.

A Vancouver driver said he had to smash a window to escape his Tesla after the vehicle shut down and started smoking. After he escaped, the vehicle caught on fire and the super scary incident was captured on video.

A 12-minute video of the incident was captured at the intersection of Hunter Street and Mountain Highway in North Vancouver on Friday, May 20. The driver can be heard explaining the situation to the fire department as heavy smoke poured from the inside of the car and out of the open window.

"All of a sudden, my car just shut down. It just said 'error, error, error,'" the driver said.

In the video, which contains some strong language, the driver also explained how he smashed through a window to escape the smoking car.

Tesla catching fire at an intersection

"I kicked through the window because everything stopped. The power didn't work, the door didn't open, the windows wouldn't go down," he said.

As the video continues, the inside of the car sets on fire. As the fire department arrives at the scene, the fire becomes a heavy blaze.

CTV News Vancouver spoke to the owner of the vehicle, Jamil Jutha, who said he purchased the 2021 Model Y just eight months ago.

"Of course, there's always going to be panic in a moment when you feel trapped,” he told CTV News. "I kicked through the window, climbed out and called 911 right away."

Chief Brian Hutchinson from the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services told Narcity the fire crews reached the intersection of the fire within six minutes and found the interior of the car “engulfed in flames and smoke.”

Usually, the doors of a Tesla would open electronically and the cars do also include a manual release. However, Hutchinson added the driver found that the escape latch was “not intuitive.”

Tesla, Transport Canada, investigators from fire and rescue services and the B.C. Office of the Fire Commissioner will be meeting this week to investigate why the fire started, Hutchinson added.

Narcity contacted Tesla for comment but they had not responded at the time of publication.

Charlie Hart
Charlie Hart was a Travel Creator for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Calgary, Alberta.