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 Thursday, we learned Friday with one of his lawyers.
“She is in cardiology (…) Under the effect of intense emotion, the heart had a failure”, indicated to AFP Me Jean Codognès without being able to specify whether or not his client will be able to attend the recovery. of the trial, scheduled to last until October 7, Monday.
Violence of the shock
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 impact in which the car was cut in half and the occupants and seats thrown out.
She then collapses in tears, unable to regain her senses. Evacuated by the firefighters, the president of the criminal court, Céline Ballerini, had suspended the hearing until Monday after “a trying week” where the defendant, destroyed by the accident, faced the pain and the expectations of the families. who want to understand. More than 120 civil parties have joined in this case.
” Black hole “
The defendant assures that the level crossing barriers were open, which the expert reports contradict and 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.