Tributes paid to Royal Marine after Arbroath crash

Tributes were paid today to a "superb" Royal Marine who died after his car hit a telegraph pole and rolled into a field.

Carl Harrison, of 45 Commando, was driving a Vauxhall Astra on the A933 Arbroath to Friockheim road, near to Royal Marine base RM Condor in

Angus, when the car left the road at about 3am on Monday.

The 24-year-old, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, was cut free by firefighters from Tayside Fire and Rescue Service.

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He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with a serious head injury, a broken leg and other internal injuries.

His family were at his bedside when he died of his injuries yesterday afternoon.

Today, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Lee, Commanding Officer, 45 Commando, said: "I am desperately sad about the tragic and premature death of Marine Harrison.

"He was a superb Royal Marine who possessed the Commando spirit in abundance. He will be remembered with great affection by all in 45 Commando; he will never be forgotten.

"The thoughts and prayers of every man in 45 Commando are with Marine Harrison and his family, to whom we send profound sympathy and sincere condolences."

No other vehicles were involved in the collision.