Drama of Millas : additional investigation requested to the experts

Drame de Millas : des compléments d’enquête demandés aux experts

Tests, surveys… the braking distances would have been (re)called into question yesterday.

The specialists have issued new measures on Friday at the scene of the collision between a bus and a train.

Impossible to approach within one kilometre. Friday, for the first time, the gendarmerie services have literally locked down the entire area located around the crossing of Millas. Where the 14 of December last, a terrible collision between a train and a school bus has snatched the lives of six students of Saint-Féliu-d Avall.

A perimeter of privacy for shelter of the glances, the experts, using a bus, a drone and odometers, process new records and complementary expertise. However, eleven months after the tragedy and at the end of the first analyses, many questions have, it seems, still not found an answer.

Doubts about the initial findings ?

According to our sources, on Friday, the emissaries of the judges of instruction of the pole accidents collective of Marseille have made a back-and-forth along the track for nearly 5 hours with their unit of measurement. It was to evaluate manually what is the distance of the impact point has been set, the braking of the train.

A bit surprising, given that the cars are all equipped with a cookie, or, more precisely, a strip chart which is supposed to contain these data. Which would have been provided by the SNCF at the beginning of the investigations.

In addition, a test was carried out with the bus in order to (re)check its braking distance, however, already valued. Indeed, at the outset the statements suggested that the driver, under investigation for “homicides and involuntary injury through negligence,” would be dark in the gates closed while she still maintains that they were lifted. One of the first reports of experts had delivered another version : that of”an emergency brake late”.

According to this document, the driver was travelling at 12 km/h when, at the sight of the barriers, it would have crushed the brake pedal, reducing its speed to 7 km/h and travelling, however, still a dozen meters. However, again, the disk tachograph of the vehicle, which was seized by investigators and taken advantage of. This should leave no room for doubt on the speed or the precise moment of braking.

In addition, the coach would not be mechanical failure. And according to other specialists, the braking system of the bus usually blocks the wheels. In fact, 12 km/h, the braking distance would be spread out instead of 60 cm to 1 metre maximum. Far from the first calculations… which seem to be called into question.

The constitution of civil part of the SNCF rejected

What, then, were able to provide this additional survey, carried out by time of rain, and so on floor supposed slippery ? Come-they thwart the first results ? And thus call into question the initial assumptions ? At least, the elements of the experts would appear less “overwhelming” for the driver of the bus that the thought Master Jehanne Collard, a lawyer for the three families of the victims in a press release on October 4.

“I’m not going in the same direction as Me Collard, stated simply the mother of a victim. I would only say that I have access to the folder, that I study, and there are a lot of things that one does not reveal and which are very important.”

We don’t know more. The shadows remain with the first mystery unsolved : the barriers were lifted, or lowered ? Only certainty, the court of appeal of Aix-en-Provence comes to make a judgment on 31 October, confirming the order made by the judge and rejecting the request for the establishment of the civilian part of the SNCF for a problem of procedure. A decision that will prevent the railway company from the side of the victims during the procedure.



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