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Sunday 22 October 2017

British tank flattens teenage driver's car

Photo of the British 'Challenger 2' tank after it rolled over a car's front in Lippe, Germany Credit: Lippe Police Departmen
Photo of the British 'Challenger 2' tank after it rolled over a car's front in Lippe, Germany Credit: Lippe Police Departmen
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A German teen had a lucky escape when her car was crushed by a British tank.

The 18-year-old learner driver mistook the direction of a travelling column of tanks and turn into its path rather than away.

Unable to stop, the British soldier at the controls of the lead tank managed to turn so that he crushed the engine of the car, narrowly avoiding the driver.

The 18-year-old woman, who has not been named under German privacy laws, escaped unharmed.

Her Toyota hatchback did not fare so well against the 62-tonne Challenger tank.

The car was completely flattened forward of the steering wheel, at a cost of almost €12,000.

There was no damage to the tank.

Police cleared the 24-year-old British soldier driving the tank of any blame.

“The soldier had no chance to slow down,” a spokesman told reporters.

The area where the accident took place, near the town of  Augustdorf, is well known for tank convoys passing through, as it is used as a military training site for the German army and NATO.

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