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Book Details Diana's Last Hours

More details are emerging about the final hours and minutes of Princess Diana's life. A new book features eyewitness accounts that detail the Aug. 31 car crash in Paris that took the princess' life.

CBS News Correspondent Vicki Mabrey reports that the book, Investigation into the Death of Diana, published Thursday in France, was written by two reporters who have gotten extraordinary access to investigation files in Paris.

It details Diana's last day with her companion, Dodi al Fayed, and the deadly accident and seems to debunk the myth put forth by Dodi's father that Diana uttered some last words on her death bed.

The book quotes witnesses about what actually happened at the accident scene. The paparazzi were the first to reach the site, and instead of trying to help the victims, some continued to snap pictures from a few yards away. Arguments reportedly broke out between photographers, and there were scuffles when bystanders tried to stop the paparazzi from taking pictures.

The first policeman at the scene also tried to stop the photographers. One policeman details Diana's movements in the car, saying she realized that Dodi and the driver were dead. There were no last words, he says.

Her condition was such that she was incoherent, capable only of whispering "My God, my God."

In all, it took an hour and 40 minutes from the time of the crash until the princess reached the hospital.
Her heart stopped twice and continued to stop in the hospital. After two hours of surgery and intensive treatment, doctors decided to stop all attempts at resuscitation and pronounced her dead at 4:00 a.m.

The official cause of death is a torn pulmonary vein and massive hemorrhaging.

The book's publication comes just a day after Diana's brother, Earl Charles Spencer, spoke out in a BBC television interview and hinted that he's really angry about Mohammed al Fayed, Dodi's father, saying that Diana had last words. He also appeared angry that al Fayed is claiming that Diana and Dodi planned to marry.

The book shows that there still are so many rumors and myth that won't be put to rest until the French investigation is finally over and a report issued to the public, something that could take months.