A trucker has admitted blame after a mechanical digger fell off his HGV and seriously injured a motorist in the car behind.
Alana Rutter-Close, 34, had to be airlifted to hospital after the machinery crashed onto her Vauxhall Astra on the A194 at Leam Lane, Jarrow, in April last year.
She suffered serious, disfiguring facial injuries, a fractured skull and numerous broken bones in the smash.
Anthony Adams, 51 of Hamilton Drive, York, who previously denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving, was due to be tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court today.
But before a jury was sworn in the case, he changed his plea to guilty.
His HGV, which was carrying three mechanical diggers, struck a railway bridge before the piece of machinery fell.
Prosecutor Mark Guiliani told the court: "He loaded the lorry, didn't measure the load, didn't check his route, and the first bridge he came to he collided with."
Adams will be back in dock in November after the preparation of a pre-sentence report, and was granted bail in the meantime.
Judge Paul Sloan QC gave no indication of what the likely outcome will be in the case.
He told Adams: "I will decide upon sentence once I have had the opportunity to research authorities and see the contents of the pre-sentence report."
As part of his bail conditions Adams can continue to drive a car, but must not get behind the wheel of an HGV or public service vehicle.