A group of four adults rocketing down a road in an SUV were killed in a high-speed collision with an armoured vehicle.
Two couples were tragically crushed to death on impact with a caterpillar-wheeled US Army war machine in South Korea exactly two years ago.
It is believed the foursome were heading home when their sport utility vehicle rear-ended a US armoured vehicle at around 9.30pm near the Rodriguez Live Fire Range.
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The dreadful smash near Pocheon, north of Seoul, left an American soldier who was travelling in the tank-like vehicle, with a minor injury treated in hospital.
Horrific snaps of the scene show car parts scattered across the road, two doors dramatically swung wide open and the car leaning to one side due to what appears to be a damaged wheel.
The armoured vehicles tracks were also damaged and in need of repair.
The occupants, all in their 50s, were pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital and receiving emergency treatment including CPR.
Both South Korean Police and US Army soldiers were on the scene trying to help in the aftermath of the tragic incident.
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US Forces Korea (USFK) said the vehicle belonged to the 2nd Infantry Division-ROK/U.S. Combined Division, which was the first division to include both South Korean and US troops.
The command said in a statement: “USFK offers its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased following this tragic accident, they are in our thoughts and prayers.
“Out of respect to those killed and their families Eighth Army is temporarily suspending training in the area.”
The two US soldiers in the armoured vehicle were “evaluated and returned to duty”, USFK said at the time.
It was reported that the soldiers were on a road they frequently used, on the way back to a nearby military base after carrying out a drill.
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The circumstances that led to the SUV rear-ending the tank were being investigated, including an autopsy of the driver.
It was speculated that the driver had only just taken over the wheel from another passenger in the moments before the crash. Police are now investigating if that could be a potential cause of the accident.
About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War.
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