Escalator 'collapses' at Rome metro station

Arnold Nichols
October 24, 2018

More than 20 people, mainly Russian football fans, were injured Tuesday (Oct 23) when an escalator in a metro station in central Rome collapsed, firefighters said.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi visited the metro station and said the local transport authority had opened an investigation. The dramatic footage shows people on the parallel escalator trying to pull others to safety.

Russian football fans are among at least 24 people injured after an escalator collapsed in Rome.

At least one victim of the accident was seriously hurt and the station was closed, police said. Italian media said some soccer supporters were trapped between the metal plates of the steps.

More than 20 people were taken to hospital and one has reportedly had a foot amputated.

Roma and CSKA fans also clashed outside the Stadio Olimpico arena before the game. One of the fans is listed in serious condition.

Incidents on escalators have caused injuries, and even deaths, around the world.

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

Deutsche Welle, a German broadcaster, described reports from Italian media that some of those involved were drunk as "speculating", though bottles and broken glass was found at the scene.

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