Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

May JohnsonOct 24, 2018

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

CSKA Moscow is due to play against AS Roma in the Champions League later on Tuesday and hundreds of its supporters were on the move to reach the Olympic stadium.

Footage on social media shows people piling up at the bottom of an escalator as it rapidly descends.

The station has been closed and emergency services are on scene, where injured fans are being stretchered to safety. "At that moment the escalator collapsed", a police spokesman told Russian news agency RIA.

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

Separately, one CSKA fan was slashed with a knife during clashes between opposing fans outside the Stadio Olimpico, the ANSA news agency reported.

Local media reports claim the escalator malfunctioned after Russian fans were seen "singing and jumping on it" causing it to give way. Most of the injured were CSKA fans, the spokesman added.

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