At trial of Millas bus accident, driver is hung on her version

Despite the expertise, it maintained, before collapsing in tears, that the barrier of the level crossing was closed. Six children died in 2017 in this collision with a ter.


Nadine Oliveira fell in love. 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 of Millas (Pyrénées-Orientales), involuntarily causing the death of six children and injuries At 17 other middle school students in 2017, collapsed in tears, Thursday, September 22, when she evoked the seats torn off by the TER which crossed its bus. The hearing is then suspended and the firefighters are called to take care of it. From the courtroom, we perceive inextinguishable crying. The scene is unprecedented. A young girl injured in the collision wishes to go talk to her. The president of the court led her to the room where the defendant withdraws during the hearing suspensions.

Nadine Oliveira fell in love with the lawyers’ lawyers. They do not understand how she can reconcile the “black hole” in which she ensures that she was plunged just before the accident and her “categorical” memory of having seen the barrier of the raising level. Denying any error, it is hung on this certainty that four days of hearing have shaken. “If I say that the barriers were open, they were open,” she said without giving way to the doubts she had nevertheless expressed a few days after the drama, in police custody.

Nadine Olivieria repels all the poles. The one stretched by the prosecutor Michel Sastre who highlights the fact that she had crossed this level at level 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-ending”. “No, I was in good shape, not tired”. Despite her little girl’s voice, Nadine Oliveira appears unshakable.

“I have my memories, they have theirs”

To witnesses, however, opposing their memories of a closed barrier, she contrasts: “I have my memories, they have their own”. Like the train driver, and her instructor. “At the exit of a curve, explains the young woman who was in command of TER, I see the closed barriers, the bus arrives a fraction of a second after, I see him folding the barrier, he passes very slowly”. The driver pushes the emergency braking button and crushes the gathering of the train which she will no longer let go until her stop, two hundred meters after the impact. The shock was inevitable, deplores his instructor who admits to the court his difficulty in resuming the conduct of trains.

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