Shocking moment woman is dragged along by Metro train in Rome

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Shocking footage shows a woman being dragged along a platform by a train in Italy, sparking a row over the safety of Rome’s Metro system.

The video, which emerged over the weekend, shows Natalya Garkovich, 43, being pulled along by her bag after attempting to board the train.

Ms Garkovich was left in intensive care after sensors on the train failed to register the strap as it became caught in doors.

The clip, posted on YouTube by user watch life 2, also appears to show train driver Gianluca Tonelli eat his lunch before driving off.

Mr Tonelli is being investigated but says he followed protocol, the BBC reported.


Terrifying clip: CCTV footage showed Natalya Garkovich dragged along by a train (Watch Life/YouTube)

He told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “I know that I was wrong and I am devastated by what happened to that woman.”

The accident took place on Wednesday at Termini station in central Rome, the newspaper added.

Local news outlets report that passengers on board the train pulled a number of emergency levers, but were unsuccessful. 

It is not believed Ms Garkovich was pulled into the tunnel.

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The first Mr Tonelli knew of the accident was when he pulled into the next station, according to reports.

Carlo Rienzi, president of consumer rights group Codacons, said the failure of both the door and emergency levers meant Mr Tonelli could not be fully to blame.

He told local media: “The emergency systems on board must function properly.

“Therefore we consider it outrageous and offensive to say the train driver is entirely responsible, when you should thoroughly investigate the Rome subway security systems and their proper operation.” 

Stefano Bottoni, national secretary of trade union Sul, said extra measures were needed to avoid a repeat of the accident.

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

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