Officer's tribute to Royal Marine killed in car crash

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Marine Harrison died in hospital the day after the car crash

The commanding officer of a Royal Marine killed in a car crash has paid tribute to a "superb" commando.

Carl Harrison, from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, suffered severe head injuries after his car hit a telegraph pole and rolled into a field.

The crash happened close to the Royal Marines' Arbroath base on Monday. Mr Harrison died later in hospital.

Lt Col Oliver Lee said he was "desperately sad" about the death of Marine Harrison.

The Commanding Officer of 45 Commando said the marine had died at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on Tuesday afternoon, with his family at his bedside.

He added: "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."

'Serious injuries'

Mr Harrison's Vauxhall Astra hit a telegraph pole on the A933 near RM Condor at about 0300 GMT on Monday.

The marine was unconscious when paramedics arrived and had suffered a number of "very serious injuries", police said.

He was cut free from his car by the fire service.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

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