In the early hours of Monday morning last week, the First Tank Company of the Second Combined Arms Battalion of the army’s 584 Armor Brigade set out from its barracks for a combat readiness patrol. As the unit was passing along the Bade Road section of Provincial Highway 1 in Hsinchu County’s Hukou Township, a CM11 tank accidentally knocked over a set of traffic lights at an intersection and drove up onto the median divider island. Fortunately the accident did not cause any harm to personnel or equipment. The unit immediately contacted the relevant department of Hsinchu County Government to repair the damage and notified the police’s assessment office.
The army suspects that the accident may have happened because the driver misjudged the width of the tracked vehicle. The Sixth Army Command apologized for any inconvenience caused to passersby. It said it would review the reasons behind the accident and provide better instruction on the concept of defensive driving, so as to maintain safety while performing army duties.
(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)
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