Reports of an explosion at Policlinico metro station triggered panic during Friday morning rush hour, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of passengers before the noise was determined to be an electrical fault.

Some 1,500 people were evacuated from the station, located on Line B in the north-east of Rome, as emergency services rushed to the scene.

Three people were treated for panic attacks, according to police, who said that no other injuries were reported.

Rome’s public transport authority, Atac, reported a technical fault on the line and said that service was partially suspended, to be replaced by buses.



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