Sources: Parts of 2nd car at Diana crash scene
September 17, 1997
Web posted at: 7:40 a.m. EDT (1140 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- Parts of a second car were found at the scene
of the crash that killed Princess Diana, sources close to the investigation said Wednesday. The items -- pieces of a tail light and traces of paint -- do not match the Mercedes that
carried Diana and three other people in the August 31 crash.
Scientists working with investigators have determined that
the tail light pieces are from a Fiat car, but they have not
determined the year or model, the sources said.
According to the crash investigation sources:
Pieces of the Mercedes' right headlight were found in the
same place as the pieces of the Fiat tail light, several
dozen yards behind where the Mercedes struck a pillar in the
Traces of paint not used in Mercedes cars also were found
on a side-view mirror of the Mercedes.
The debris does not necessarily indicate a direct
connection between the Fiat and the crash because the items
found from the second car could have been in the tunnel
before the accident.
A photographer under investigation in the crash, Serge Arnal,
was driving a Fiat on the night of the accident, but
investigators already have examined his car and found it did
not come in contact with the Mercedes.
Lone survivor continues to improve
The accident in a Paris tunnel took the lives of Diana, her
companion Dodi Fayed and the car's driver, Henri Paul.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, the lone survivor of the crash,
remains hospitalized. He has regained consciousness and is
able to communicate, doctors say. On Wednesday, his family said in a statement that he has taken his first steps since the accident.
"Trevor continues to improve daily. He can communicate with us and we have begun to share with him the many letters and cards that have been flooding in from all over the world," the statement said.
Two judges investigating the case are expected to talk with him on Friday.
Paris Bureau Chief Peter Humi contributed to this report.