Russian fans injured as Rome metro escalator gives way

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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.

Fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said that the cause of the accident is still being investigated and that one person was seriously injured.

Most of the injured are Russian, but a small number are Italian, according to the newspaper.

An escalator at a metro station in Rome ran out of control this evening sending dozens of people hurtling into each other at terrifying speed.

Most of those injured were fans of the visiting Russian football team CSKA Moscow, reports say. Emergency officials are responding to the scene.

A woman was taken away from the scene on a stretcher by emergency crews
Rome metro station escalator goes haywire, injuring riders

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

"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station".

The station was full of Russian fans at the time as they headed towards Rome's Olympic Stadium where CSKA Moscow were due to play AS Roma in the Champions League later on Tuesday.

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

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