- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2013

Another Tesla Model S electric car has caught fire, this time after hitting a tow hitch Wednesday afternoon outside Smyrna, Tenn.

The driver was eastbound on Interstate 24 when the hitch hit the undercarriage of the car, causing an electrical fire, The Associated Press reported. The front of the car was engulfed in flames, but the driver was able to pull over and escape without harm.

The blaze was the third fire in a Model S in the past five weeks. A driver just outside Seattle hit road debris that caused a fire in the battery pack. The other blaze happened in Mexico after the driver ran over a roundabout and crashed into a concrete wall, the AP reported.

Tesla spokeswoman Liz Jarvis Shean said a team has been sent to Tennessee to investigate the fire, adding that the blaze was not spontaneous.

Tesla shares fell 7 percent Thursday morning to $140.63, AP said.