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At the trial of the Millas bus accident, the driver braces herself on her version


Nadine Oliveira cracked. During an interrogation which was to close the first week of her trial in Marseille, the driver of the school bus tried for having forced the barrier of the level crossing of Millas (Pyrénées-Orientales), involuntarily causing the death of six children and injuries to 17 other college students in 2017, collapsed in tears, Thursday, September 22, when she mentioned the seats torn off by the TER which crossed her bus. The hearing is then suspended and the marine-firefighters are called to take charge of it. From the courtroom, we hear inextinguishable tears. The scene is new. A young girl injured in the collision wants to go talk to him. The president of the court leads her to the room where the defendant withdraws during the suspensions of the hearing. Nadine Oliveira cracked under the questions of the lawyers for the civil parties. They do not understand how she can reconcile the “black hole” in which she claims to have been plunged just before the accident and her “categorical” memory of having seen the level crossing barrier lifted. Denying any error, she braces herself on this certainty that four days of hearing have shaken. “If I say that the barriers were open, they were open,” she says without giving way to the doubts she had nevertheless expressed a few days after the tragedy, in police custody. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers At the trial of the Millas school bus accident, the driver in court Nadine Oliveira pushes back all the poles. That stretched by the prosecutor Michel Sastre, who underlines the fact that she crossed this level crossing eight times a week for three months without having ever seen a train. “There is no routine, the barrier was open, I am categorical. That of President Céline Ballérini, who evokes the hypothesis of a “micro-falling asleep”. “No, I was in good shape, not tired. Despite her little girl voice, Nadine Oliveira appears unwavering. “I have my memories, they have theirs” To the witnesses opposing her their memories of a closed barrier, she decides: “I have my memories, they have theirs. Like the train driver and her instructor. “At the exit of a curve, explains the young woman who was at the controls of the TER, I see the barriers closed, the bus arrives a fraction of a second later, I see it bend the barrier, it passes very slowly. The driver pressed the emergency brake button and crushed the train’s whistle, which she would not let go until it stopped, two hundred meters after the impact. The shock was inevitable, deplores his instructor, who admits to the court his difficulty in resuming driving trains. You have 53.46% of this article left to read. The following is for subscribers only.



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