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An overturned tank over by the road

16/09/2014 10:21 |  Comments: 

A beginner bursting with enthusiasm, happy to learn the tricks of the trade from the greats of Hungarian automotive journalism. Doesn’t own a car yet, which makes him a queer fish at the office. A curious all-round talent who also blogs about New York and the Middle-East.

So you’re driving your car and all of a sudden you spot an overturned tank by the road.

It has become a commonplace by now but Russia really is a great reservoir of traffic absurdities. Where else could you suddenly spot an overturned tank by the side of the road, worming behind a Prius?

The tank in the video is a T-72B, a modern version of a staple soviet military vehicle. The model has been used in Iraq and the Chechen conflict and is still an important vehicle of the Russian tank force. It weighs about 40 tons. Lucky it didn’t crush anybody when it flipped over.

The accident happened in the centre of Omsk, the second biggest city of Siberia. Something must have gone wrong with the fastening and the tank fell off the trailer transporting it. The driver towing the trailer now faces a fine of 500 roubles (approx. €10), while the factory mechanic, who authorized the transportation, a fine of up to 20 thousand roubles (approx. €400). The damage done is probably much bigger, though, just watch the asphalt and the hard shoulder beneath the monster.

Where the tank was heading to exactly is unclear. Moscow was accused recently of supplying heavy weaponry to pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, 3,000 km east of Omsk, and several other tanks were spotted by locals around Omsk earlier this week.

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