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

It is unclear whether she was able to free herself from the door before she got dragged into the underground tunnel

It is unclear whether she was able to free herself from the door before she got dragged into the underground tunnel

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.

She had boarded the train, before changing her mind at the last minute and trying to get off.

Garkovich, who is a Belarusian national, is said to have suffered broken bones but her condition has improved since the incident on July 12. "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. She is unable to free herself and gets dragged along the platform as onlookers desperately signal for the train to stop.

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

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

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

Driver Gianluca Tonelli - who is being investigated by criminal prosecutors - said the first he knew of the horror was when he pulled into the next station.

The woman's bag strap was reportedly too thin to have triggered the sensors that would have alerted the train driver that someone was trapped in the door.

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.

Stefano Bottoni, national secretary of trade union Sul, told news agency Ansa, that extra measures were needed to avoid a repeat of the accident.

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