Twenty-one injured in Rome metro collision

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The accident happened on Rome's B line. Photo: Matthew Black
11:54 CEST+02:00
UPDATED: Scenes of panic struck Rome's metro system on Friday after two trains collided with each other, injuring 21 people.

The accident, described by one passenger as a "nightmare",  happened in a tunnel close to Eur Palasport station on the metro’s B line.

Firefighters told Ansa that the trains "bumped" into each other.

Twenty-one people were injured but none critically, Giuido Improta, Rome’s executive councillor for transport department, told the news agency.

“Now we need to understand the dynamics [of how it happened], it’s certainly bizarre,” he added.

“Surely it was a human error.”

Francesco, a passenger on the train, told Ansa that the scene was like "something you'd see in films".

"It was a could have been a massacre.

"We were in the tunnel when there was a sudden stop. I fell to the ground along with other passengers and started crawling along the carriage looking for a way out." 

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He said passengers were "frightened" and "screaming".

"After several minutes we got off and walked across the tunnel. I saw several people, injured and many terrified."

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