There were panicked scenes in Rome this morning, after a serious accident on the subway, which killed one person and injured dozens more. Officials in the Italian capital said there was no suggestion of a terror attack. The accident happened when an underground train, arriving at the Piazza Vittorio station in the centre of Rome, slammed into the back of another train that was still discharging passengers.
The authorities said a 30-year old woman was killed, and more than 100 people were injured, at least five of them seriously. The exact cause of the accident is not known. The trains were of a new generation, produced by a Spanish company. There was conjecture it may have been the result of an electrical fault or human error.
One woman, who was in the second train, said: “We heard a loud noise, then there was a black out, and we opened the emergency doors. Those were moments of terror, because we did not know what was going on.”
Another victim said the second train went through a red light: “I saw that the light was red. The most scary thing was that I knew that we were running into the train stopped right in front of us.”
The injured were taken to six hospitals in or near the city centre, causing traffic chaos. The Ministry of Transport has begun an official inquiry into the incident. The metro company says it must examine the trains’ black boxes. The Roman authorities have suspended services on the metro line, one of only two in the capital. They hope all will return to normal tomorrow.