A desperate passenger feels forced to set his coat on fire, throwing it onto the tracks to exterminate train bedbugs. In a recent journey of the Euronight Train from Nizza to Naples, 150 angry passengers complained about the thousands of bedbugs infesting several of the train’s coaches. In order to prove their point several passengers collected the bugs (originally thought to be ticks) in water bottles to show to train personnel. The train was stopped at the Genova station where several coaches were later isolated on one of the station’s dead tracks. Two other cars were simply closed-off and continued empty for the remainder of the journey.
Fifteen passengers, under shock, refused to continue their trip on the same Intercity train. According to Trenitalia, the bedbugs originated in France. In addition to the hypothesis of low standards of cleanliness, investigators are also considering the possibility of sabotage. Police are investigating whether tension amongst employees over Trenitalia’s refusal to renew contracts may have provoked violent reactions from employees.