Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

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An escalator has given way at a metro station in central Rome leaving more than 20 people injured, some of them seriously, Italian officials say.

Video footage on social media showed the escalator accelerate and send passengers crushing into each other at the bottom, some throwing themselves across to another escalator, which was moving at a normal speed.

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

The video was first shared by CSKA Moscow fan sites
The video was first shared by CSKA Moscow fan sites

The cause of the accident on Tuesday night was not immediately known.

On Twitter, Rome's fire brigade said those injured have been taken to a hospital.

Ansa said at least 20 people had been hurt, majority suffering leg injuries. "They had various injuries caused by the escalator that was twisted, therefore serious injuries".

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Roma and CSKA fans also clashed outside the Stadio Olimpico arena before the game.

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

Most who were injured were reportedly fans of the visiting Russian soccer team CSKA Moscow, who were in town for an evening Champions League match against Rome's team.

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Rescuers give assistance to a person who was wounded after the escalator started running too fast before crashing.

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