20 injured in Rome after escalator loses control

Elena Summers
October 24, 2018

Excited soccer fans may have caused an escalator in a Roman metro station to malfunction on Tuesday, leaving at least 20 people injured, Italian media reports via the BBC.

Video footage posted on twitter shows the escalator picking up speed, forcing a pile up at the bottom of the stairway.

One person was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station, they said.

Emergency services were at the scene and the station was closed, Italian news agency Ansa reported.

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

"A total of 30 people were injured: seven of them are in grave condition; five others are moderate and 18 were only slightly wounded", a Russian embassy in Rome spokesman told Tass.

Footage captured by a witness showed passengers, including Russians heading to a Champions League match between Roma and CSKA Moscow, being crushed at the bottom of the moving staircase.

Many fans sustained cuts to their legs by shattered metal and glass.

An escalator at Rome's Repubblica station collapsed this evening injuring tens of Russian football fans on their way to the Olimpico Stadium.

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