Dramatic moment escalator 'collapses' at Rome metro station

23 Octobre, 2018, 23:11 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to steps

An escalator in a Rome metro station broke on Tuesday, injuring 20 people, majority CSKA Moscow football fans, according to Italian police.

The station was overrun with CSKA Moscow fans as they headed to the Stadio Olimpico for the Russian team's match against Roma.

RAI, the state television broadcaster, aired a video of the incident, showing the escalator suddenly accelerating, with people piling up at the bottom. One of the fans had a foot partially severed in the crush, Italian newspaper Repubblica reported.

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"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station. At that moment the escalator collapsed", a police spokesman told Russian news agency RIA.

Sky Italia (via the UK's Daily Mirror) reports that the injured fans were from Russian Federation.

La Repubblica website said the accident may have been caused by singing and chanting fans jumping up and down on it.

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