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Escalator 'collapses' at Rome metro station

24 October, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Delia Walker
  • An injured person is seen outside the underground where some of CSKA Moscow supporters were injured in Rome Italy

Footage posted on social media showed the escalator suddenly picking up speed and throwing people to the ground as they reached the bottom.

An escalator has given way at a metro station in Rome leaving several people injured, some of them seriously, Italian media report.

People on the parallel escalator can be seen trying to grab those on the broken machine and pull them to safety.

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

The Repubblica metro station, close to Rome's central train station, has been closed to the public, as the rescue operations were ongoing.

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

"People on the top of the other looking for help".

The station was full of Russian fans headed towards Rome's Olympic Stadium where CSKA Moscow were to play AS Roma in the Champions League. Firefighters said seven were in serious condition. Most of the injured were CSKA fans, the spokesman added.

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



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