Millas accident trial: the driver hospitalized after collapsing at the hearing

The driver of a school bus, tried since Monday in Marseille for the fatal collision with a train in 2017 in Millas (Pyrénées-Orientales), was hospitalized in cardiology after having cracked at the hearing on Thursday, learned this Friday the AFP with one of its lawyers. “She is in cardiology (…) Under the effect of an intense emotion, the heart had a failure”, indicated to AFP Me Jean Codognès without being able to specify if his client could attend or not Monday the resumption of the trial which is supposed to last until October 7. She must undergo examinations during the day.

Thursday, Nadine Oliveira, 53, collapsed after trying for the umpteenth time to explain what she had or had not seen before the collision with the train which claimed the lives of six schoolchildren and injured 17 others some of them very seriously. She had returned to the scene after the accident but without being able to answer exactly what had happened at the level crossing: “When I look up, I see the seats”, evoking the violence of the shock in which the car was cut in half and the occupants and seats thrown out. After collapsing in tears, she will finally be evacuated by the marine firefighters.

“Tough week”

Faced with this situation, the president of the correctional court Céline Ballerini suspended the hearing until Monday after “a trying week” during which the defendant, who says she was destroyed by the accident, faced pain and expectations. families who want to understand. More than 120 civil parties have joined in this case.

How can we receive the answers to which we, victims, are entitled?

The prospect of a possible resumption of the debates without the defendant worries them, as expressed by Fabien Bourgeonnier, father of a teenager who died in the tragedy, in a press release sent to AFP on Friday. He underlines that he went to the “trial with dignity, without shouting or insults, just to know the truth”. He wonders about this discomfort that arose “after questions” that undermined the defendant and “hazardous” answers that “push her to her last entrenchments”. And if she was not in a condition to return on Monday, how “to receive the answers to which we victims are entitled? “, he asked in this text.

The defendant assures that the level crossing barriers were open and maintains this version despite the expert reports and certain testimonies, in particular that of a young girl sitting just behind her in the bus, which contradict her. She also speaks of a “black hole” at the time of the accident. “Asking him always the same questions which make him relive a traumatic moment which is the accident, I also find that it is violence”, had noted Me Codognès Thursday at the exit of the court.

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