A 24-YEAR old man was paralysed from the neck down after timber pallets from a truck fell on a car he was in, the High Court heard.
The pallets fell off on to the car when the articulated lorry collided with a railway bridge on the Waterford to Carrick Suir road at Green Hills, Carrick on Suir two years ago.
Kieran Madden, who was a passenger in a car travelling in the opposite direction to the truck, has claimed he suffered severe personal injuries in the accident and is now confined to a wheelchair and has no voluntary movements of his limbs.
Mr Madden of Grange, Nenagh, Tipperary has sued Nolan Transport of Oaklands, New Ross, Co Wexford, and one of its drivers, Vladimer Dolmat, as a result of the accident on January 7, 2010. The case is before the court for assessment of damages only.
Mr Madden broke down as he gave evidence to Mr Justice Kevin Cross yesterday.
He said at the time of the accident he was near completion of study for his degree in design and visual communication and had friends in his hometown where he played hurling and Waterford, where he studied at the Institute of Technology.
"I had a very full life. At the time of the accident, it was the best. You were at the peak of a big adventure," Mr Madden told the judge.
Recalling the accident, he told how he saw the truck turn the corner to the railway bridge as he and his friend approached. "It was clearly too tall to go under the bridge," he said.
Mr Madden broke down as he told how there was a loud noise and something crashed down on the car. He said he was shouting and he could not feel anything.
Mr Madden told the court he does not go out at all, unless for medical appointments.
The case continues.