Around 20 injured in Rome escalator incident

Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to some of the steps. Pic Vigili del Fuoco

Image Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to steps. Pic Vigili del Fuoco

People can be heard screaming in a terrifying video posted on social media that shows bodies being hurled on top of each other as the escalator suddenly goes out of control.

Around 20 people were injured Tuesday (Oct 23) when an escalator leading to a metro station in central Rome collapsed in an accident believed to have been caused by Russian football fans, Italian media said.

Footage taken by witnesses show the escalator running at an unusually high speed.

Vigili del Fuoco, the Italian fire and rescue service, said the incident at the Metro stop - near the main Termine train station - happened at 7.45pm local time (6.45pm BST), just over an hour before kick-off.

The crashed escalator at the subway station in Rome.

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The station was full of Russian fans headed towards Rome's Olympic Stadium where CSKA Moscow were to play AS Roma in the Champions League.

Contrary to initial reports, the Russian fans were not jumping and celebrating on the escalator when the collapse happened.

"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station".

Most of the injured are Russian, but a small number are Italian, according to the newspaper.

According to Reuters, the metro station is now closed, with multiple ambulances parked at the entrance.

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