BERLIN (AP) — One person was killed and nine were injured in Germany after an autonomous test vehicle slammed into oncoming traffic and caused a series of four-vehicle collisions Monday afternoon, it said Tuesday. police.
The electric BMW iX, which had five people on board, including a small child, went out of its lane on a bend in the road and hit an oncoming Citroen.
The BMW then struck a Mercedes-Benz pickup truck head-on, resulting in the death of a 33-year-old passenger in that vehicle.
Meanwhile, the 70-year-old driver of the Citroen lost control of her vehicle and crashed into another carrying two people, which skidded off the road and burst into flames.
Four rescue helicopters were involved in the relief effort and the injured were taken to various hospitals in the region, according to police spokesman Michael Schaal. They included the 43-year-old driver of the BMW, three adults aged 31, 42 and 47, and an 18-month-old boy who were in the test vehicle.
Schaal said police had not had a chance to interview those involved in the crash. It was unclear whether the 43-year-old in the driver’s seat of the test BMW was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash or was moving autonomously, he said.
BMW did not initially respond to a request for comment.