Sole survivor of crash that killed Diana may be questioned
By NICOLAS MARMIE, Associated Press Writer, PARIS (AP)

A judge investigating the crash that killed Princess Diana was believed to be questioning the sole survivor today.

Judge Herve Stephan left his office with a clerk, and a judicial source said he was headed to the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, where Trevor Rees-Jones has been recuperating since the Aug. 31 crash.

Hospital officials refused to confirm whether the judge was questioning Rees-Jones.

Investigators hope that Rees-Jones, bodyguard to Diana's companion Dodi Fayed, can clarify the circumstances of the accident that killed the princess, Fayed and driver Henri Paul. It was not immediately clear whether Rees-Jones has full recall of the crash.

If so, he could shed light on the behavior of Paul, who blood tests showed was legally drunk at the time of the accident, and of photographers trailing the couple.

Paul's body was being taken to Brittany today for burial Saturday in Lorient, his hometown in western France. The funeral had been postponed so blood tests could be taken.

A small dark van that police said carried his body left the Paris morgue this morning.

Three separate blood tests showed that Paul, the assistant security chief at the Ritz Hotel, had more than three times the legal level of alcohol in his system at the time of the high-speed crash inside a Paris tunnel.

The final blood test also showed that Paul had ingested two prescription drugs, including Prozac.

Nine photographers and a motorcycle courier have been placed under formal investigation -- short of being charged -- for manslaughter and failure to assist people in danger.

Rees-Jones, 29, who is British, underwent surgery to reconstruct his damaged face and remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit. His family said Wednesday he is able to communicate and sit out of bed for short periods, but tires quickly. Only his parents and wife had visited him so far.

Investigators also were searching for a Fiat that Diana's black Mercedes may have bumped in the tunnel. Shards from a tail light found at the scene showed they came from a Fiat. Paint traces also were found, leading inspectors to question whether a second car might have played a role in the crash. A judicial source said Thursday that a witness has told Judge Devidal that he saw someone with a video camera at the crash scene, indicating video footage may exist of the immediate aftermath.

The witness, interviewed Tuesday, is a sound engineer who arrived at the scene before rescuers.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, gave the witness's name only as Jacques.




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