Woman on Rome metro dragged along platform by train

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CCTV footage showed the woman being pulled along the platform

Footage of a woman being dragged along a platform by a train, after her bag got trapped in the door, has raised safety questions about Rome’s metro.

Natalya Garkovich, 43, was left in intensive care after sensors failed to register the strap and emergency brakes did not stop the train’s advance.

The footage also shows train driver Gianluca Tonelli eating his lunch before driving away.

The incident is being investigated, but Mr Tonelli says he followed protocol.

“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]. “But in the video it can also be seen that I looked twice in the mirror, I was not reckless.”

The accident took place on Wednesday 12 July, but the footage did not emerge until the weekend.

Ms Garkovich, who local media report is a Belarusian national, was initially in intensive care, but her condition has since improved. Reports suggest she has broken bones from the accident.

The CCTV footage shows Ms Garkovich boarding the train at Termini station, before changing her mind at the last minute.

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

Local news outlets report that passengers on board the train pulled a number of emergency levers, but were unsuccessful. It is believed Ms Garkovich was not pulled into the tunnel.

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

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The woman initially boarded the train – but changed her mind seconds later

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