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  • Corporal James Stubbs was driving past a lorry when Bernard Power pulled out
  • Power’s forklift forks pierced Cpl Stubbs’ car, leaving him with severe injuries
  • Shocking footage shows the moment Power shot out onto the road in Swansea

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A brave soldier faces losing his career after a forklift truck driver was caught on camera smashing into his car on a busy road.

Corporal James Stubbs was driving past an industrial estate when Bernard Power, 67, shot out – and the truck’s steel forks pierced into his car.

CCTV footage shows the forklift spinning in the road after the forks gouged into the bonnet of Cpl Stubbs’ vehicle.

The forks ripped into his cab and left the soldier with compound fractures to his arm – with the broken bones sticking out through the skin.

Corporal James Stubbs was driving past an industrial estate when Bernard Power, 67, shot out – and the truck’s steel forks pierced into his car

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

CCTV footage shows the forklift spinning in the road after the forks gouged into the bonnet of Cpl Stubbs’ vehicle

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

The forks ripped into his cab and left the soldier with compound fractures to his arm – with the broken bones sticking out through the skin

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

Prosecutor Brian Simpson said: ‘Power pulled out from behind the lorry on an industrial estate just as the soldier was driving past’

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

The court heard Bernard Power, pictured outside Swansea Crown Court, had worked as a driver for SIG for 25 years without incident.

He had received full training in how to safely operate a forklift

He also suffered lacerations to his face and three fractured teeth – one needing root canal work.

A court heard Cpl Stubbs, 28, is now undergoing intensive physiotherapy in the hopes he can continue his Army career.

Prosecutor Brian Simpson said: ‘Power pulled out from behind the lorry on an industrial estate just as the soldier was driving past.’

The court heard the forks on the forklift were raised to three of four feet.

But they should have been just inches off the ground when the vehicle was being driven on a public road.

The incident took place in July last year at Swansea’s Morfa Industrial Estate.

Power had arrived in his HGV to make a delivery.

Power, of Riverside, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

In an impact statement read to court Cpl Stubbs said he had been in the British Army for eight years and had always been an active person.

He said: ‘The Army has been really good with supporting my return to work.’

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

The court heard the forks on the forklift were raised to three of four feet.

But they should have been just inches off the ground when the vehicle was being driven on a public road.

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

In an impact statement read to court Cpl Stubbs said he had been in the British Army for eight years and had always been an active person

Forklift truck driver smashes into soldier's car leaving the serviceman fearing for his career

A court heard Cpl Stubbs, 28, is now undergoing intensive physiotherapy in the hopes he can continue his Army career

But was told that unless he could recover full use of his left arm he may have to be medically discharged.

He added the actions of the forklift driver had turned ‘his life upside-down’.

The court heard Power had worked as a driver for SIG for 25 years without incident.

He had received full training in how to safely operate a forklift.

He was dismissed from his job following the incident and has since not renewed his HGV licence and has retired from work.

Defending Neil Evans said Power had been a HGV driver for 34 years and had an ‘unblemished’ driving record.

Mr Evans said it was a ‘momentary lapse’ by Power.

Judge Keith Thomas told Power it had been ‘extraordinarily dangerous’.

Power was sentenced to 17 month in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work and was banned from driving for two years.

The driver must pass an extended test before he can get his licence back.

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References

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Elderly couple die in head-on road crash on N24 Limerick to Tipperary road after UK-registered car collides with truck

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The two-vehicle crash, involving a UK registered car and a domestic oil delivery truck, occurred outside Dromkeen village on the N24 Limerick Tipperary Road at around 10.30am

AN elderly couple have died following a head-on road crash in Co Limerick this morning. The two-vehicle crash, involving a UK registered car and a domestic oil delivery truck, occurred outside Dromkeen village on the N24 Limerick[1] to Tipperary Road at around 10.30am.

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The two people were pronounced dead at the scene

Emergency services attended the scene within minutes of the collision. The man in his 80s and the woman in her 70s were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. It’s understood the couple who died in the collision are UK nationals.

The truck driver was taken to University Hospital Limerick for shock, but was not injured, sources said. The crash site was covered with debris, it’s understood. Two units from Cappamore Fire Station attended at the scene as well as local Gardai and HSE paramedics.

Emergency services said they received a 999 call of a serious road crash at 10.36am, at a location known as The Crossroads on the Limerick side of the N24. The road remains closed off to allow gardai carry out a technical examination of the collision scene. Gardai at Bruff are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.

A Garda spokesman said: “Shortly before 11am Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene of a collision involving as car and a lorry on the N24 Limerick to Tipperary road. “The collision occurred on a straight stretch of road at Gortnadromin near the village of Dromkeen. “The occupants of the car; a man in his 80s and woman 70s, were both pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

“The driver of the lorry – a male in his 40s – was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.”

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“The local Coroner has been notified and arrangements are being made for the bodies to be removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick where post mortem examinations will be carried out.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardai in Bruff 061-382940 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”

References

  1. ^ Limerick (www.thesun.ie)

Forklift truck smashed into soldier's pick-up and gouged through it

This is the moment a forklift truck smashed into a soldier’s pick-up on an industrial estate – leaving his military career in jeopardy. The corporal suffered compound fractures to the bones in one arm, along with broken teeth and lacerations to his face, and is undergoing intensive physiotherapy in the hopes he can continue in the Army.

Swansea Crown Court[1] heard that in July last year 67-year-old Bernard Power arrived at Swansea’s Morfa Industrial Estate in his HGV to make a delivery. Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said he parked in Alamein Road and detached the forklift truck which was carried on the rear of the vehicle.

Power, at the wheel of the forklift, then pulled out from behind the lorry just as the soldier was driving past in his pick-up.

The forks of the forklift gouged the bonnet of the vehicle then ripped into the cab. The forklift was spun around by the force of the impact and the corporal’s vehicle came to a stop nearby and members of the public rushed to his assistance.

The court heard the forks on the forklift were raised to a height of three of four feet. They should have been just inches off the ground when the vehicle was being driven on a public road.

The prosecutor said the soldier suffered two fractured bones in his left lower arms – with the broken bones left sticking out through the skin – as well as lacerations to his face and three fractured teeth, one of which required root canal work.

Bernard Power outside Swansea Crown Court

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Power, of Graham Walk, Riverside[2] , Cardiff[3] , had previously pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving when he appeared in the dock for sentencing. In an impact statement read to court the victim said he had been in the British Army for eight years and had always been an active person.

He said the Army had been “really good with supporting my return to work” but unless he could recover full use of his left arm he may have to be medically discharged. He added the actions of the forklift driver had turned his life upside-down.

The corporal is undergoing extensive physio in an attempt to return his arm to normal use.

The court heard Power had worked as a driver for SIG for some 25 years without incident and had received full training in how to safely operate a forklift. He was dismissed from his job following the incident and has since not renewed his HGV licence and has retired from work.

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Neil Evans, for Power, said his client had been a HGV driver for 34 years and had an “unblemished” driving record with his former employer. He said the defendant accepted he had been properly trained and could not explain why he departed from his training.

The barrister described it as a “momentary lapse” on Power’s part.

Judge Keith Thomas told Power what he had done had been “extraordinarily dangerous”.

He said the appropriate sentence after trial would be two years in prison but giving the defendant credit for his guilty plea that was reduced to 17 months and was suspended for 12 months.

Power was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and was banned from driving for two years.

He must pass an extended test before he can get his licence back.

References

  1. ^ Swansea Crown Court (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  2. ^ Riverside (www.walesonline.co.uk)
  3. ^ Cardiff (www.walesonline.co.uk)

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