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Accident at Oxnard Supercharger Site

ka9q

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Feb 2, 2014
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San Diego CA
This is what it looked like when I returned to my car after lunch. (That's my car on the left. It was undamaged.) The first responders cut power to the site, and I suspect it'll be down for a while.
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Evthusiast

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Nov 3, 2017
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OMG thats odd. I was there last Wed on a road trip from LA to Santa Barbara. I was in the spot on the right where the maintenance crew is working. Last week I thought...."wow this is a dangerous location..too close to the 101 freeway"

I guess I was right!
 
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SMAlset

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Mar 4, 2017
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@ka9q you must have been nervous walking back to your car seeing that :eek:. Good thing you weren't sitting in your car even if you didn't sustain any damage.

I brought up google maps and the Tesla Supercharger in Oxnard and surprised there isn't anything that would have prevented him from crossing over into the shopping center area like the guard rails. I see the wire fence and some guard rails along 101 but clearly they weren't enough of a preventative safely barrier and looks like he was going downhill after veering off the 101 too which probably didn't help him. And from looking at the google map photos of that supercharger area I guess it was lucky he didn't hit earlier than that and into the brown slatted wood corralled electrical cabinets. Quite a few good photos there of just that area.

Hope he and any passengers were okay. Probably a pretty penny for the repair though. Wow your lucky day. Did you have enough of a charge to get where you were going after that? Haven't been that far south on 101 yet so not sure how charging options are around there.
 
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apacheguy

S Sig #255
Oct 21, 2012
5,081
1,241
So Cal
This has actually happened before.. Too bad the pick up driver didn't have auto pilot

Yes, it's happened at least once before with a significant outage. This example is from 2014.

Supercharger - Oxnard (EXPANDED, 8 stalls added, now 18 total)

Yep, I thought I remembered seeing this before. What is it about this location? You don’t hear about people randomly veering off the freeway very often. Certainly not twice in the same spot in 2 years.
 

ka9q

Member
Feb 2, 2014
127
159
San Diego CA
"you must have been nervous walking back to your car seeing that"

Yes. Yes, I was. My first indication of a problem was a message to my phone saying that charging had been interrupted, "Check charger power". I assumed that the connector needed to be reseated, and since it hadn't been charging long I kind of groaned and finished my lunch. On the way out I'm thinking of the occasional Tesla that has caught fire while charging and I say to myself "Well, there's no plume of smoke so it's probably not that". But then I notice the mall security vehicle blocking off that part of the lot, I round the corner, and, well you can see the rest. The fireman you see seemed slightly amused when he asked if that was my car -- as if he needed to. I asked if the driver of the truck was OK and he said yes.

This was my first visit to the site, which is why I photographed it just after plugging in. Now somebody here tells me there has been a prior accident. I think I'll avoid it in the future.
 

gaswalla

Model S,3,X.. CT with Austin delivery
Sep 23, 2012
3,309
3,585
San Diego
Was just at Oxnard a couple of days ago... a bit off topic but Gen BBQ + Supercharging = amazing experience
 

Kuhz

Active Member
Oct 25, 2017
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Mars
I bet the truck driver was busy browsing Gasbuddy on his phone trying to find the cheapest place to get 40 gallons of gas for the rest of their weekly commute. :eek:
Pft 40gals. My Excursion has 44! Now that’s worth searching for a cheapest diesel even by a few cents. Granted I haven’t driven it in weeks....
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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Jul 12, 2012
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7,556
Maine
Yep, I thought I remembered seeing this before. What is it about this location? You don’t hear about people randomly veering off the freeway very often. Certainly not twice in the same spot in 2 years.

Looking on Streetview, it's close to an exit. The exit begins a little before the Supercharger location. Liable to be a trouble spot.
 

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