Escalator 'collapses' at Rome metro station

At least 20 people were injured in the carnage, with one fan's foot partially severed and seven others seriously injured, reports La Repubblica.

A video shown on Sky TG24 shows the escalator accelerating suddenly, and the people riding down on it collapsing one onto another.

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.

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

Emergency crews outside the station in central Rome.


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

Many football fans are among the victims as the incident occurred at the Repubblica metro station in the Italian capital shortly before CSKA Moscow's match against AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League.

The news agency ANSA quoted Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi as saying that witnesses reported people were jumping and dancing on the escalator before the accident.

Dozens of beer bottles are also pictured in and around the station after fans dropped them in the chaos.


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