20 hurt as Rome metro escalator speeds up, then collapses

A part of the underground escalator damaged where some Russian soccer fans were injured

La Repubblica website said the escalator broke after singing and chanting fans started to jump up and down on it.

At least 20 people were injured when an escalator in the Rome metropolitan system collapsed Tuesday night (Wednesday morning NZ time).

The prefect's office put the number of injured at 20, mostly Russians in town for a Champion's League soccer game between CSKA Moscow and Roma. One of the fans is listed in serious condition.

The video of the incident shows terrified people are falling from the steps and piling up at the foot of the escalator, with screams in Russian clearly distinguishable.

CSKA Moscow fans injured in escalator accident in Rome

Ansa said at least 20 people had been hurt, a lot of them suffering leg injuries. Emergency officials are responding to the scene.

Several investigations have been opened, and the metro station near Rome's Termini train station was closed. One Russian fan was stabbed with a knife, and two others were hurt in clashes with other supporters.

About 1500 CSKA fans were attending the match.

'From what witnesses have said, it seems that some fans were jumping and dancing on the stairs, ' Raggi told reporters.

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