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First reported Tesla Cybertruck accident 2023

A Toyota Corolla hit a Cybertruck in California on Thursday afternoon


Cybertruck Minor Injury

The California Highway Patrol verified to The Verge that units responded to a two-vehicle accident on SR 35 (Skyline Boulevard) after Reddit user boddhya posted two photos of a Cybertruck crash. It happened around 2:05PM local time in this area south of Page Mill Road, which Google Maps lists as Palo Alto, and involves a 2023 Tesla Cybertruck carrying three persons that appears to have been hit by a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by a 17-year-old.

Tesla’s Cybertruck delivery event aroused concerns about the vehicle’s design and what would happen if it collided with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Fortunately, no one appears to have been seriously injured as a result of this occurrence.


The only injury mentioned in the CHP announcement is a potential minor injury to the Cybertruck driver, who declined medical treatment, and it does not appear that the Tesla was driving in autonomous mode. The weather has been described as overcast and rainy.

“Our preliminary investigation indicates a Toyota Corolla was traveling south on SR-35 southbound, south of Page Mill Road, at an unknown speed, when the driver, for unknown reasons, turned to the right and subsequently struck a dirt embankment on the right shoulder. The Toyota then re-entered the roadway, crossed over the double yellow lines into the northbound lane, and crashed into a Tesla Cybertruck traveling north on SR-35 northbound.”


Toyota Defeated

The photographs on Reddit show considerable damage to the front end of the Corolla. Despite the deployment of side-curtain airbags, the Cybertruck’s visible parts do not reveal the same level of damage. However, we can only see the front of the car, and the poster didn’t get a good look at the opposite side.


While the truck lacks the insignia of a “release candidate,” we didn’t notice any “Foundation Series” etching, so it’s unclear whether this is a customer-delivered vehicle.

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