Can you get electrocuted by an electric vehicle?

It is highly unlikely that a Tesla submerged in a pond in a recent fatal accident in Texas posed a threat of electrocution to its driver or rescuers, a Northeastern University expert says.

Angela Chao, 50, CEO of a shipping company and sister of former transportation secretary Elaine Chao, died in her Tesla last month after her car went into a pond on a Central Texas ranch.

The vehicle went completely under water, according to according to a report acquired by the Austin American-Statesman, and it took firefighters about an hour to extract Chao from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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