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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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.’

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 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: MailOnline

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