Russian football fans injured after escalator in Rome malfunctions

Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to steps

Video of the incident has gone viral on social media, showing the escalator operating at a blistering speed and sending passengers hurtling towards the bottom.

CSKA Moscow fans were left fearing for their safety tonight as a an escalator on the Rome metro network malfunctioned, causing it to move at dangerously high speeds.

Most of those involved in Tuesday night's horrifying accident at Repubblica metro station were Russian football fans on their way to attend a Champions League match between Roma and CSKA Moscow, a spokesman with Italy's Fire Brigade said.

Only one of the people hurt is in a serious condition, a spokeswoman for Rome's civil protection department said, while the others were being treated for less serious injuries.

One of the injured had his leg amputated.




Italian media said some football supporters were trapped between the metal plates of the steps.

Local media reports claim the escalator malfunctioned after Russian fans were seen "singing and jumping on it" causing it to give way.

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

A number of people were seriously injured in the incident.

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