Woman dragged along Rome metro platform after bag gets caught in door

Belarussian national Natalya Garkovich 43 could not break free after her handbag's straps were caught in the carriage door

Ansa News in Italy reports that the driver is now being investigated by prosecutors in Rome as well as Rome's ATAC transit authority.

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

However, their efforts are in vain as the woman is dragged nearly the length of the platform before leaving the view of security cameras.

The train driver was caught on camera eating before driving away but has denied being reckless, and said he followed protocol and checked his mirror twice before leaving.

"I know that I was wrong and I am devastated by what happened to that woman", the driver, Gianluca Tonelli, told Italian news outlet Corriere della Sera.

Reports claim the door sensors failed to alert the driver to a problem because the bag straps were too thin to register.

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.

As the train gathers speed Ms Garkovich is dragged to the floor and along the platform, reportedly breaking her back and puncturing her lung. She is dragged along the platform and local media says passengers quickly hit the emergency buttons but nothing worked.

The train driver has admitted to eating at the time but said he was not "reckless" in his actions.

The incident occurred this past Wednesday at the Termini station of the Rome Metro subway system.

According to reports, the woman was not dragged into the tunnel by the train.

'The lady made a odd maneuver up and down, the security system has not reported anything to me and I left.

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