2006 Rome metro crash

2006 Rome metro crash

The 2006 Rome Metro crash occurred on October 17 2006 at 9:37am local time (07:37 UTC), when one train ploughed in another train as it unloaded passengers at the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (or Vittorio Emanuele) underground station in the city centre, killing a 30-year-old Italian woman, named Alessandra Lisi, and injuring about 145 others [ [http://www.rainews24.it/Notizia.asp?NewsID=64763 RaiNews24 - Cronaca. Incidente a Roma: morta una donna, 145 feriti, 4 gravi. "Treno passato col rosso dopo ok della centrale" ] ] , of which a dozen were reported to be in life-threatening conditions.The entire of [http://www.metroroma.it/MetroRoma/HTML/EN/Servizi/Muoversi+a+Roma/MetroA.htm Line A] was immediately shut down and the area above the station, the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, was cordoned off by police as rescue workers erected a field hospital, where dozens of people were treated. The injured were gradually transported to various Rome hospitals for further treatment, with the Complesso Ospedaliero San Giovanni - Addolorata, being the nearest, receiving most of them.

While no official cause of the accident has been released, officials have excluded terrorism as a cause for the incident. Several passengers have reported that the driver of the moving train failed to stop at a red signal and that the train had been running strangely at previous stations. A senior driver has disclosed that the moving train had previously had braking problems on a test drive. [ [http://www.rainews24.it/Notizia.asp?NewsID=64766 RaiNews24 - Metro di Roma. Indagato il macchinista. La vettura non freno' al collaudo ] ]

A possible explanation of the accident may lie in a misunderstanding between the driver and the control centre, which would have authorized the train to proceed to the "next station", meaning a station closed to the public (Manzoni), the last before Vittorio Emanuele station, while the driver would have understood it to mean the next working station, that is, Vittorio Emanuele itself. [ [http://www.repubblica.it/2006/10/sezioni/cronaca/scontro-metro-roma-1/scontro-metro-roma-1/scontro-metro-roma-1.html Metrò, lo schianto per un equivoco Errore di comunicazione, nessun guasto - cronaca - Repubblica.it ] ]

ee also

*2006 in rail transport


External links

* [http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article1886646.ece The Independent]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/two-dead-60-hurt-in-rome-train-mishap/2006/10/17/1160850925430.html Sydney Morning Herald]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/6058338.stm BBC News]
*it icon [http://www.news.rai.it/news/articolonews/0,9217,1067321,00.html RAI News]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6057876.stm BBC News]

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