According to the publication, this electric pickup truck driver was traveling southbound on I-405 when he took exit 3, heading to Sand Canyon Avenue. One witness told County News that the R1T was too fast, which made it lose control and hit the traffic light pole close at 18239 Sand Canyon Avenue, as the map embedded below shows. The wreck happened at around 9:50 PM.
The driver was alone and left the vehicle with no injuries. He declined medical treatment and can be seen in the video below. County News did not specify if the fire started before the driver could leave the vehicle or a while after he managed to escape.
Surprisingly, the fire seems to have been contained fast, which does not happen very often if the battery pack is affected. From what we can see in the video, only the left side was damaged by the fire. The driver’s door seems to have melted, clearly showing where Rivian applied aluminum to the body.
The R1T did an excellent job protecting the driver, and we’re glad no one was hurt. Either the firefighters were highly competent in dealing with EV fires, or Rivian made its battery pack less prone to massive thermal runaway events. We probably had a combination of both in this case. Too bad that there is one less R1T on the roads.