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Waymo self-driving vehicle rear-ended in Arizona, no injuries reported

Posted at 9:45 AM, Dec 13, 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. — A Waymo self-driving vehicle was involved in a crash early Friday morning, according to the Tempe Police Department.

Detective Greg Bacon said the Waymo vehicle was traveling eastbound on Southern Avenue "in the lane closest to the two-way left turn lane" when it was rear-ended by another vehicle.

Police say the Waymo vehicle was traveling at approximately 35 miles per hour, while the vehicle that hit it was traveling at approximately 40 to 45 miles per hour.

Two Waymo confirmed that accident Friday and said two employees were in the vehicle at the time.

Thankfully no one was hurt; there was damage to both vehicles. Waymo's mission is to make our roads safer and we'll continue our efforts to prevent accidents such as this one," the company said in a statement.

The other vehicle was being driven by an adult woman with two young children in the car.

No injuries were reported.

Though impairment was not a factor in the collision, police are working to determine if distracted driving caused the crash.

This story was originally published by Kelsie Blazier on KNXV in Phoenix.