Two dead in Rome subway collision

Driver of one of the trains appears to have jumped a red light.

October 17, 2006 12:00
Two dead in Rome subway collision

rome subway crash 298.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Two subway trains collided during morning rush hour Tuesday in a central Rome station, killing two people and injuring about 110 others, five seriously, authorities said. Officials said one train was slowing down as it approached the station when it was hit by another one. Some passengers said the driver of the second train appeared to have jumped a red light. The body of a woman apparently in her 30s was pulled from the rubble, officials said. Television footage showed bloodied passengers coming out from the station. Ambulances, firefighters and rescue teams rushed to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II subway station, near Rome's main railway station. The area was cordoned off. Firefighters were working to free one more person trapped in the wreckage, Cari said. "I saw lots of blood, the impact was brutal," said Andrew Trovaioli, a passenger on one of the two trains. Trovaioli suffered a slight injury to his elbow. He said he saw about 10 people lying on the ground, and three or four covered in rubble. "There was panic for some 30 seconds, we were not told how to get out," said the 38-year-old Trovaioli.

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