10 June 2008
Compensation for cyclist struck by road sweeper
A man has been awarded compensation of over £200,000 after he was struck by a road sweeper as he cycled home from work.
In November 2005, Glyn Powell was travelling back from his job as a controller at coal-fired energy production plant Eggborough Power Station when the 40-tonne vehicle ran into him.
As a result of the impact, the 58-year-old suffered a life-threatening stroke and was paralysed for two months.
He now struggles to walk more than 50 or 60 yards without stopping and has lost all dexterity in his left arm.
Mr Powell, whose payout was agreed during an out-of court settlement, has not been able to return to work since the accident and was forced to take early retirement.
About the compensation, he said: "The money will go on my living and care expenses.
"I was very fit and active before the accident - I was playing cricket for my local team and I cycled to and from work every day."