Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

Disturbing footage captured fans hurling down an escalator at the metro station in central Rome after a collapse caused it to speed up out-of-control.

Italian media said they believed it was caused by Russian football fans, in the Italian capital for CSKA Moscow's match against Roma.

The dramatic footage shows people on the parallel escalator trying to pull others to safety.


A video of the drama shows the descending escalator at Repubblica station suddenly and dramatically pick up speed with dozens of people on it, many screaming as they piled on top of one another at the foot of the moving stairway.

Emergency services described the escalator's steps as "split and crumpled" and surrounded by broken glass and beer bottles, reports Sky Italia.

At least 20 people were injured, according to the BBC's report.


The passengers were thrown to the bottom of the station by the speeding escalator.

Police said witnesses saw the Russian soccer fans singing and jumping on the escalator before it broke down.

The Repubblica-Teatro dell'Opera Station was crowded with fans of the visiting Russian soccer team CSKA Moscow, which was playing a game nearby.


A number of people were seriously injured in the incident.

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