NJ man identified as victim in fiery Palisades Parkway crash
Police say 46-year-old New Jersey resident Jyung Hahn died Saturday when he lost control of his Tesla and struck a tree near Exit 10 on the Palisades Parkway.
The Nanuet Fire Department tried to put out the car fire quickly but said online that the car's lithium-ion battery was ruptured and made it "extremely difficult to extinguish."
State police believe the weather was a contributing factor for the crash as it continues its investigation.
Electric vehicles can be a challenge to first responders because of their lithium-ion battery. A Yonkers firefighter talked to News 12 about the challenges of electric vehicles.
"A regular car fire would require somewhere between 500 to 1,000 gallons of water to put it out. An electric vehicle, like a Tesla, could take upwards of 30,000 gallons...And the reason is because there is a danger of reignition," says Yonkers Fire Department Lt. Rich Rodriguez.
While electric vehicles may be a challenge for first responders, Consumer Reports says it does not pose increased safety risks for people compared to regular cars.
Tesla has not returned News 12's request for comment.