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UPI Focus: Diana said to have broken arm, concussion

PARIS, Aug. 31 -- Lady Diana reportedly has suffered a concussion, a broken arm and cuts to one of her thighs in a central Paris road tunnel car crash in which her romantic interest Dodi al-Fayed is said to have been killed, according to several media outlets. The French news agency AFP reports Diana is being treated at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in central Paris, and the British press association says Buckingham Palace confirmed the 36-year-old princess was undergoing treatment for injuries. The BBC and MSNBC are reporting Diana is in an intensive care unit and that French Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement and the British Ambassador to France have been at the hospital. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said, 'We are aware of this awful accident but we are awaiting further details about what has happened.' She said the Prince of Wales was telephoned at Balmoral and told of the accident. The spokeswoman said, 'The Prince of Wales has been informed at Balmoral but at this stage it is too early to say what his movements will be until we have more details.' William and Harry, the two sons of Diana and Prince Charles, are with their father on vacation in Scotland, according to MSNBC, which reports her injuries are not life threatening. The couple's much-publicized divorce became final last year. Police are confirming a second car was involved in the crash, which occurred at 12:35 a.m. local time (22:35 GMT) in a highway tunnel along the River Seine.

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The tunnel, approximately two city blocks long, is located by the Pont de l'Alma bridge, near the Eiffel Tower. Police say Princess Diana's romantic interest, Egyptian millionaire al-Fayed, and a chauffeur have been killed in the crash which also seriously injured a security guard. According to some reports, their car was speeding to pull away from pursuing paparazzi in cars and a motorcycle when the crash occurred. Al-Fayed's father is Mohamed al-Fayed, a billionaire who owns London's Harrods department store and the hotel Ritz in Paris. ---

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