PARIS, Aug. 31 -- Surgeons at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris worked in vain for two hours in efforts to save Diana, Princess of Wales following a horrific car crash early this morning. Diana, her companion Dodi al-Fayed and their driver died in a high- speed car crash and police are investigating whether attempts by paparazzi to photograph the couple may have led to the accident. The 36-year-old princess died at 4 a.m. Paris time, about 3 1/2 hours after the accident. A physician said the cause of death was a lung hemorrhage caused by a severe wound to the left pulmonary vein. Doctors said the princess had suffered massive lung injuries as well as head injuries during the accident and went into cardiac arrest while being treated. Doctors battled for two hours to try to save her after discovering she had sustained massive internal injuries and bleeding. They attempted external heart massage before opening her chest and massaging her heart with their hands. The staff at Pitie-Salpetriere also repaired a hole in a major vein in Diana's heart and Bruno Riou, head of the hospital's intensive care unit, said the princess's heart had stopped after the bleeding. The first attempts to revive the Princess took place at the scene of the accident, in a highway tunnel across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower. In a brief statement written in French, the hospital said: 'The Princess of Wales was immediately put under the care of the SAMU of Paris which carried out initial resuscitation.
'On her arrival at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital she presented a severe thoracic hemorrhage before suffering a sudden heart attack. 'An urgent thorocotomy revealed a major laceration to the left pulmonary vein. 'Despite the closure of this laceration and an external and internal heart massage lasting two hours, no circulation was able to be restored and death was declared at 4 a.m.' Police said the crash occurred at 12:35 a.m. local time as paparazzi attempting to take pictures followed Diana's Mercedes sedan, which went out of control and crashed head-on into a tunnel support at high speed. ---
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