An army armored vehicle collided with a civilian car while on combat exercises in Taoyuan City this morning, badly damaging the Volvo sedan, but fortunately nobody was injured in the accident.
According to reports in United Daily News, and Liberty Times, the eight-wheel, 22-ton, CM-33 “Clouded Leopard” was engaged in a combat readiness and reconnaissance drill in Luzhu District this morning when it side-swiped a Volvo V40 sedan driven by a 30-year-old man, named Huang, on Nanqing Road at around 9:30 am.
According to the preliminary investigation by the Taoyuan Police Department, the armored vehicle belonging to the Army Sixth Corps 269th Brigade was travelling straight in the outer lane of Nanqing Road towards Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station, and collided with the civilian vehicle when the armored vehicle driver changed lanes when approaching the intersection of Fuchang Street.
Police conducted a breath alcohol test on both drivers at the scene. Neither driver was affected by alcohol. Police said that the issue of civil compensation will be coordinated by both parties.
“Swedish tank” is a popular nickname for Volvo in Taiwan.
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