Limo Princess Diana died in was 'death trap' that had been written off and rebuilt, according to new report

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The Mercedes that Princess Diana died in in a horrific accident in Paris in 1997 was a death trap that had been written off but was later rebuilt and put back on the road, according to new reports.

The shocking claim was made in a new TV documentary and accompanying book that have just been released in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of her August 31, 1997 death.

The 36-year-old princess was being driven at high speed in a Mercedes S-280 after she lift the Ritz Hotel when the vehicle crashed into a pillar in a tunnel under the Alma bridge.

Diana, her then boyfriend Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul all died in the late-night crash. Her bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived the incident.

The documentary claims that the pool vehicle was used to drive celebrities around Paris and according to its  previous owner had been written off by insurance firms after an earlier accident.

The previous accident allegedly occurred two years before the death of Diana when a prisoner out on remand stole the vehicle and took it on a joyride in the countryside near Paris.

The Mercedes rolled over several times during that crash, the TV programme aired on Tuesday night said.