Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio says a car fell from the third floor of a Shanghai office, killing two

Employees at a NIO Inc. on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 in Shanghai, China. Standing next to the ET7 sedan at the dealership.

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A test car made by a Chinese electric vehicle start-up NIO The company said in a Weibo post on Thursday that two people were killed in a fall from a parking lot on the third floor of a building in Shanghai.

The incident happened at around 5:20 pm Beijing time on Wednesday. An employee of the company and a support employee were killed.

Nio said it has immediately launched an investigation into the accident in cooperation with the Department of Public Safety.

Nio put out these details in a post on China’s Twitter-like service Weibo, which was deleted minutes after they were posted. The Weibo post was shared with CNBC by a public relations officer for Nio. After this, the company posted a new statement on Weibo which was very similar to the initial statement.

The company said that after on-site analysis, it can be initially confirmed that the accident was not related to the vehicle. In the new Weibo post, the company stressed that the incident was an “accident” that was not caused by problems with the vehicle.

NIO did not respond to a request for more information on the incident or why the initial tweet was deleted when contacted by CNBC.

In a video circulating online, medical personnel are trying to save two passengers in the car.

The NIO said that it has formed a special team to help the families of the deceased.

Last year, the Nio ES8. one person was killed in When using the car’s semi-autonomous driving features known as Navigate on Pilot.