Woman dragged along Rome metro platform after bag gets stuck in door

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

A woman is reported to have broken her back and punctured a lung after she became trapped in a train door and dragged through a subway in Rome, Italy.

The train's sensors failed to register the 43-year-old's bag strap was caught during the accident at Termini station in central Rome.

It shows dozens of passengers getting off the train and others boarding at the busy interchange.

As she backs out of the train, her bag appears to become stuck - and despite the efforts of people on the platform, she can not be freed.

"I know that I was wrong and I am devastated by what happened to that woman", Mr Tonelli told Italian daily Corriere della Sera [in Italian].

The woman is said to be recovering.

The woman was allegedly not pulled into the tunnel.

Ms Garkovich, who local media report is a Belarusian national, was initially in intensive care, but her condition has since improved.

Horrifying footage showed commuters looking on helplessly as she is pulled along the platform floor.

At that moment the doors close and the train moves away, dragging her along by her handbag. "But in the video it can also be seen that I looked twice in the mirror, I was not reckless".

Carlo Rienzi, president of consumer rights group Codacons, said the failure of both the door and emergency levers meant Tonelli could not be exclusively to blame, as the onboard emergency systems "must function properly".

Stefano Bottoni, national secretary of trade union Sul, said additional safety measures should be put in place to avoid a repeat incident.

"If the trains were equipped with cameras in the cockpit it might have been different", he told Italian news agency Ansa.

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