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Diana jury visits scene of crash
Coach carrying the Princess Diana inquest jury passes the Pont de l'Alma tunnel
Jurors made two visits on Monday to the scene of the crash
The jury in the Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed inquest have made an evening visit to the Pont de l'Alma tunnel where the couple died in a car crash.

They drove through the tunnel twice to get a sense of the route as it looked when their car crashed 10 years ago.

The jurors then made the way to the hospital where the princess was taken.

That followed daytime visits to the tunnel and to the Ritz - where the couple dined - as part of a two-day trip to retrace their final moments.

Accompanying the jury were the inquest's coroner, Lord Justice Scott Baker, counsel and court officials.

Last week at the High Court in London, the 11 jurors began hearing evidence about the crash, which happened on 31 August, 1997.

Included in the evidence presented to them were CCTV images from the couple's last moments at the Ritz.

At about 1430 BST on Monday, traffic was stopped from going through the Pont de l'Alma tunnel and the jurors' coach drove through the underpass.

Appeal to media

As they passed the spot where the Mercedes carrying Diana, Mr Al Fayed, driver Henri Paul, who also died, and bodyguard Trevor Rees crashed 10 years ago, Lord Justice Scott Baker said: "We are passing the pillars on the left, including the 13th pillar."

The coach emerged from the tunnel in a matter of seconds, and the jurors sat in silence as it turned and drove through once again.

They then disembarked and walked down into the tunnel on foot.

Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris
Traffic was stopped on Monday afternoon for the jurors' visit

There was about a minute's silence, and the coroner drew their attention to details such as the pillars' sharp corners, and encouraged the jurors to look behind them to see the view up the slope where the Mercedes entered.

The purpose at this stage is for the jurors to get a clear understanding of the scene of the crash.

The coroner also pointed out how the traffic flow was affected by the timing of traffic lights, and indicated the direction of Mr Al Fayed's flat.

The jurors returned to the underpass on Monday night to see what the route looks like after dark.

They then visited the hospital Diana was taken to after the crash.

Lord Justice Scott Baker has appealed to the media not to pursue the jury with cameras and not to publish images which may identify them.

Earlier the tour of the tunnel was delayed because the jurors' coach blew a tyre when it hit a small pillar as it pulled up outside the Ritz.

The inquest is expected to last six months.

Map showing key sites on final journey of Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed in Paris

The Diana jury visiting the scene of the car crash

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