Tesla "deeply saddened" after Model S driver dies in fire

Tesla say they are "deeply saddened" after a motorist driving one of their cars was killed on the weekend.

The Model S car collided with a palm tree and burst into flames in Davie, Florida on Sunday. The driver, named as Omar Awan, was reported dead at the scene.

Local reports indicate witnesses, including a police officer, attempted to rescue the driver but were unable to save him before the vehicle was consumed by flames.

The driver's 2016 Model S was believed to be travelling above the speed limit when the collision happened

Tesla has released the following statement in response to the incident:

"We are deeply saddened by this accident and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy. We have reached out to the local authorities to offer our cooperation.

"We understand that speed is being investigated as a factor in this crash, and know that high speed collisions can result in a fire in any type of car, not just electric vehicles."