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epa04779113 A handout photo provided by the Police department in Lippe on 01 June 2015 of a British 'Challenger 2' tank after it rolled over a car's front in Lippe, Germany, 01 June 2015. Police reported that a 18-year old female driving beginner from Detmold apparently overlooked a convoy of tanks when she turned left onto the Panzeringstrasse (lit. Tank Ring Road). The driver of the convoy'e leading tank, a 24-year old British national, was not able to stop his vehicle fast enough, hit the car and overran the vehicle's front. The young female car driver remained unhurt. The exclusive damage to the car was estimated at about 12,000 euro.  EPA/POLICE DEPARTMENT LIPPE / HANDOUTPolizei Lippe  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES *** Local Caption *** 51970271

epa04779113 A handout photo provided by the Police department in Lippe on 01 June 2015 of a British 'Challenger 2' tank after it rolled over a car's front in Lippe, Germany, 01 June 2015. Police reported that a 18-year old female driving beginner from Detmold apparently overlooked a convoy of tanks when she turned left onto the Panzeringstrasse (lit. Tank Ring Road). The driver of the convoy'e leading tank, a 24-year old British national, was not able to stop his vehicle fast enough, hit the car and overran the vehicle's front. The young female car driver remained unhurt. The exclusive damage to the car was estimated at about 12,000 euro. EPA/POLICE DEPARTMENT LIPPE / HANDOUTPolizei Lippe HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES *** Local Caption *** 51970271

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epa04779113 A handout photo provided by the Police department in Lippe on 01 June 2015 of a British 'Challenger 2' tank after it rolled over a car's front in Lippe, Germany, 01 June 2015. Police reported that a 18-year old female driving beginner from Detmold apparently overlooked a convoy of tanks when she turned left onto the Panzeringstrasse (lit. Tank Ring Road). The driver of the convoy'e leading tank, a 24-year old British national, was not able to stop his vehicle fast enough, hit the car and overran the vehicle's front. The young female car driver remained unhurt. The exclusive damage to the car was estimated at about 12,000 euro. EPA/POLICE DEPARTMENT LIPPE / HANDOUTPolizei Lippe HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES *** Local Caption *** 51970271

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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