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Millas accident trial: the bus driver collapses, the victims crack



Fourth day, this Thursday, of the Millas accident trial. In the large hall of the Marseilles court, where collective accident cases are judged, Nadine Oliveira, 53, tried for the umpteenth time to explain what she had seen or not seen before the collision with the train which caused cost the lives of six schoolchildren and injured 17 others, some of them very seriously, on December 14, 2017.

“No, I didn’t fall asleep, I was in good shape”

Long questioned about her daily intake of sleeping pills at the time of the facts, she refuted any sleepiness: “No, I did not fall asleep, I was in good shape”. She assured that the level crossing barriers were open, which the expert reports formally contradict, but also spoke of a “black hole” at the time of the accident. “It is not very very clear this black hole and there is something that questions me: you maintain that this barrier is open and, afterwards, you have a black hole”, questioned Me Hélène Castello-Picard , lawyer for several families of victims.

The defendant did not manage to answer, returning to the scene after the accident: “When I raise my head, I see the seats”, evoking the violence of the shock in which the bus was cut in two and occupants and seats thrown out.

Suspension until Monday

Nadine Oliveira then collapsed in tears. Evacuated to a room adjoining the courtroom, she was unable to regain her senses, all the more upset that one of the young victims went to see her.
After a few minutes of suspension, the president of the criminal court, Céline Ballerini, announced the suspension until Monday after “a trying week” where everyone dissected “this horrible day of December 14, 2017” with, in particular, the story upsetting, Tuesday, of five of the 17 teenagers injured.
“Asking him always the same questions which make him relive a traumatic moment which is the accident, I also find that it is violence”, annoyed his lawyer, Jean Codognès at the exit of the court.

“Children crack because children know what they have seen”

The civil parties who came to the trial in search of answers – during the investigation, the testimonies of the schoolchildren on board the bus on the closing or opening of the barriers were divergent – or for some of the excuses do not hide their disappointment with to the attitude of the defendant. “We crack up, the children crack up because the children know what they have seen and they hear these negative testimonies from the driver, they can’t take it anymore. Everyone dropped out today, everyone was tired, ”reacted to the press Stéphan Mathieu, who lost his daughter in the collision. He and others believe that the driver is in “denial”: “She has a black hole because she does not want to admit that she made a mistake”.
This Thursday, three of the five teenagers who had testified at the beginning of the week were still present in the courtroom, including this young girl who was amputated following the accident. Described as a key witness by investigators because of her position at the front of the bus, she impressed the audience with her strength of character. She also said she was angry with the driver.

“She respects nothing and no one”

Fabien Bourgeonnier, the father of another deceased teenager, accuses Nadine Oliveira of lying: “She does not respect anything or anyone”. “Suddenly, she says she has a black hole before the barrier, another after the barrier, at the time of the give way right before the level crossing, what is she hiding from us? We have been crying for five years.
Nadine Oliveira, who was “destroyed” by this accident and made a suicide attempt at the beginning of the summer according to her lawyer, will she be able to attend the rest of the trial which is supposed to last until October 7? This Thursday afternoon, the firefighters ended up evacuating him from the court.



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