Russian fans injured as Rome metro escalator gives way

Rome escalator collapse Dozens of Russian CSKA Moscow fans injured one 'loses leg'

The escalator at the Repubblica metro station in Rome broke, Italian police said.

Video footage posted on twitter shows the escalator picking up speed, forcing a pile up at the bottom of the stairway.

At least one victim of the accident was seriously hurt and the station was closed, police said.

The fans were apparently there to root for the CSKA Moscow team.

People on the parallel escalator were seen trying to help others clamber across the divide to safety.

The malfunction is believed to have been caused by a large group of fans jumping on the escalator with force.

Fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari told The Telegraph that what they saw when they arrived on the scene indicated that people crushed at the bottom of the escalator as they started piling up on it. Most of the injured were CSKA fans, the spokesman added.

An escalator at Rome's Repubblica station collapsed this evening injuring tens of Russian football fans on their way to the Olimpico Stadium.

The incident happened before CSKA Moscow's match with Roma in the group stages of the Champions League.

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