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Diana crash bodyguard goes home

PARIS, Oct. 3 -- The only survivor of the Aug. 31 car crash that killed Princess Diana has climbed into a medically equipped helicopter and returned to England. Wearing a cast on his arm, bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones boarded an Air Harrods Sikorsky helicopter, owned by the family of Dodi al-Fayed, who was also killed in the car crash in Paris.

Police said he needed no help and was joined in the journey by his parents. Rees-Jones remains unable to recall any specific details of the accident. He was the only person in the Mercedes who wore a seat belt. Also today, French police pressed their probe into the crash that killed Diana, Fayed and the driver, Henri Paul, after establishing paint scrapings on the Mercedes came from a Fiat Uno. Rees-Jones, who worked for Fayed, was questioned Thursday by police detectives for the second time since the crash. The London Times reported today authorities believe scientific proof of paint scrapings on the Mercedes in which Diana rode bolsters the theory that the Mercedes struck another vehicle before crashing. Police had found parts of a Fiat Uno rear brake light among the glass shards from the Mercedes' headlamp, as well as fragments of a rear direction signal, behind the point of impact in the tunnel. Police also have witnesses who claim they saw another car and motorcycle with a news photographer dodge in front of the Mercedes just before it crashed. ---

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