No legal action over Schumacher ski crash

French prosecutors investigating the cause of Michael Schumacher's skiing accident in the French Alps, announced on Monday that no further legal action will be taken and the probe has now been closed.

No legal action over Schumacher ski crash
The probe into Schumacher's skiing accident will not leadto legal action being taken as there have been "no breaches" of the law, French prosecutors said on Monday. Photo: AFP

Albertville prosecutors announced on Monday that the probe into the December 29th accident, which has left Schumacher fighting for his life in hospital, was not caused by any breaches of the law.

The criminal investigation, launched just days after the former Formula 1 driver fell and hit his head on a rock, has been classed as "sans suite" meaning no further action will be taken and the probe has been closed.

“There were no infractions by any party. The accident occurred in an off piste area,” said prosecutor Patrick Quincy in a statement.

The prosecutor noted that “signalling and marking” of the off piste area where Schumacher fell and hit his head on a rock and “the information given on the limits of the piste" adhered to French legal standards.

There had also been speculation since the accident that it may have been caused by faulty skis, but this has already been ruled out by prosecutors.

In January Quincy also poured cold water on suggestions that Schumacher's speed was also to blame.

He said that the skier's speed was "not a particularly important factor to them".

Schumacher was going at an appropriate speed for a skier of his level, Quincy said.

The camera attached to Schumacher's helmet revealed that he was descending at the rate of "a very good skier on fairly hard terrain" although the fomer Formula 1 driver "did not look to reduce his speed when he went off-piste".

Schumacher was only around 8 metres off-piste between a red and blue run when he hit a rock beneath the snow causing him to fall and smash his head against another rock.

The former F1 driver has been in a coma in a hospital in Grenoble since the crash. 

Last week his family released a statement saying he was "still in a waking up process" which could take a long time.

That statement came a day after Germany's biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, reported that Schumacher had contracted a lung infection, and days after rumours that he had died swept social media.

The statement said: "Michael's family would like to again express their sincere thanks for the continuous sympathy coming from all over the world. The good wishes they receive help the family and, we are convinced they also help Michael, who still is in a waking up process.


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33 hurt after Paris to London Flixbus overturns in northern France

Thirty-three people were injured on Sunday, four seriously, when a bus travelling between Paris and London overturned in northern France while turning off a busy motorway, police said.

33 hurt after Paris to London Flixbus overturns in northern France
Photo: AFP

The Flixbus vehicle toppled on its side around midday (1100 GMT) as it took an exit from the A1 motorway, France's busiest route, a police statement said. 

There were 33 people on board, of whom 29 sustained light injuries and four were seriously wounded. Some of the injured were foreign nationals.

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The statement did not say whether the bus was bound for London or for Paris. Rescue teams from the police, fire brigade, and ambulance service rushed to the scene.

The motorway exit has been closed, the statement said.

According to the newspaper “Courrier Picard”, the bus skidded in a curve on the wet road, crashed into a barrier and overturned.

It is yet another incident for the embattled German brand, with several crashes across Europe so far in 2019. 

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In October, one person was killed and 17 injured when a Flixbus rolled in Southern France. 

Several people were injured in two separate crashes in Germany in June, while one person was killed and 60 injured in a crash in Switzerland in May.