How Not to Drive a Tank: Minsk Edition

This video recently appeared on youtube showing what appears to be a T-72 going down Independence Avenue in Minsk, Belarus and doing an unintended drift into a tree and light pole.  Several photos of the incident have also appeared online, including a rather amusing one of a police officer issuing a traffic citation to the tank crew.

 

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Tank vs Car in Augustdorf Germany

Multiple news sources are reporting about an incident involving a German learner driver and a British Challenger tank in Augustdorf, Germany.  The 18-year-old driver made the mistake of turning into a column of British tanks that were on the move.  The British soldier at the controls of the tank behind her had no time to stop, but managed to turn so that he crushed the engine of the car.  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, being completely flattened forward of the steering wheel.  The area where the accident took place is well known for tank convoys passing through.  British army bases at Herford and Paderborn are nearby, and it is used as a military training area by the German army and its Nato allies.

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British armor invades German garden! (by accident)

soM1mS3Iela6gxSNT7z8WQq4d5eZ0oBwTip2vS (1)For the Record has posted about a humorous accident that happened in Germany recently. The incident happened on the road in Borchen Paderborn (Paderborn district) on Tuesday morning. A British Warrior IFV being used in a driving training exercise suffered a malfunction causing it to fishtail and crash into a residential garden.  The track of the powerful vehicle damaged only in the boundary wall and crushed the hedge, but spared the house. The vehicle occupants were unharmed, police said.  Ulrich Tilsner was about to leave for his granddaughter and help her move when he heard the crash. “My grandfather called me and said, ‘I’m a bit later. I have a tank in the garden, “says 23-year old Stephanie Ney.  Stefanie Ney called her mother Manuela, who also lives in the house, but at the time of the accident was not at home. “My daughter said, ‘Mom, in your front yard is a tank’ I first thought that she was making fun of me.” Manuela Ney describes the call. Slowly the information her daughter broke through to her and she realized what had happened: “After it was then clarified that the grandparents were safe, my first concern was our dog? How’s Lucky”  The recovery of the powerful vehicle lasted several hours. “They closed the road here and the tank was then pulled out,”