A jogger was seriously injured after a piece of metal on a lorry caused a traffic light to fall and land on his head.
Stuart Forsyth was enrolled in the parachute regiment of the army at the time of the accident in June 2011. He was jogging to his base in Colchester when the incident occurred.
As he was stood at a pelican crossing, a flat-bed Mercedes lorry was travelling along the road near to him. A piece of scrap metal that the lorry was carrying had come loose and was sticking out from the side of the vehicle.
The loose metal piece struck a traffic light pole, cutting it in two. This caused the top half of the traffic light pole to fall. It struck Mr Forsyth on the head, leaving him with a serious injury.
He was rushed to hospital where he was in a coma for 13 days. He suffered a head injury that required him to undergo surgery on the skull. He has been left with speech problems from the injury and has been discharged from the army on medical grounds.
The Daily Mail reports that the drier of the lorry has just been in court charged with dangerous driving in regards to the incident. He pleaded guilty and was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was not given a driving ban as the Judge ruled that his employers were largely responsible for the incident.
The Judge also stated that he expected Mr Forsyth to receive a large compensation settlement for his injuries.