Panic last night meter A. For reasons of “public order”, Atac was forced to close the station already at seven in the afternoon Saint John. Reason? Suddenly, passengers began to have breathing problems, unable to stay in the tunnels or use the escalators. Some started running outside: “I couldn’t breathe, my throat was burning”, explains a 48-year-old worker who was returning from work, “an uncontrollable cough” for Marco, a 23-year-old student. Someone assumed the worst: “I even thought about a terrorist attack,” adds a university student who lives in Piazza Lodi. Trains were ordered to pass without stopping on the platform, while the SOS was immediately fired to the fire brigade, carabinieri and ambulances.
It’s just past 7.10pm on an already particularly heavy day for Roman commuters: images spread hour after hour on social networks speak of chaos and inconvenience on the B metro, with platforms overflowing with users waiting between trains from Rebibbia to Laurentina. For the company’s website, the usual “delays”, but the unpredictable, in fact, happens in San Giovanni.
An hour and a half during which the trains passed without stopping, forcing passengers to travel on foot from Re di Roma or Manzoni in order to change and take line C. Codacons also intervened on the episode and asked the competent authorities to clarify the causes that caused respiratory difficulties to the detriment of passengers at the San Giovanni station of the Rome A metro. If, as the first rumors confirm, the closure of the station is due to the spread of pepper spray, those responsible for this action to the detriment of the community must be identified and prosecuted. The circumstance that not only constitutes the interruption of the public service, but also crimes against public health. We ask the prosecutor to acquire the recordings of the video surveillance systems inside the station and to prosecute the perpetrators of the act”.
Source : IL Messaggero