Woman trapped in train doors dragged along platform

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Video shows the train driver Gianluca Tonelli eating a snack and unaware of the woman's plight as he pulls away from the station.

The handbag straps of 43-year-old Belarussian woman, Natalya Garkovich, became snagged in the doors of the train at a station in Rome on Wednesday evening, Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera reports.

The train's door sensors failed to recognise the blockage and emergency levers pulled by passengers inside the train failed to raise the alarm, according to local reports.

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

At the far end of the platform, Belorus national Natalya can be seen cautiously stepping on board before apparently changing her mind and getting off again. "But in the video it can also be seen that I look twice in the mirror, I was not reckless", Corriere della Sera quoted him as saying.

Woman trapped in train doors dragged along platform
Woman trapped in train doors dragged along platform

The apparent failure of the emergency levers on board also prompted demands for an inquiry into wider safety issues.

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".

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

"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".

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

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