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Football news - Several CSKA fans seriously injured in Rome after escalator careers out of control

Several CSKA fans seriously injured in Rome after escalator careers out of control
By Reuters

23/10/2018 at 20:04Updated 23/10/2018 at 23:34

An escalator in a Rome metro station packed with CSKA Moscow soccer fans broke on Tuesday, injuring at least 20 people as they were flung down the stairs, Italian police said.

Multiple people was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station, with reports suggesting that 17 were taken to hospital. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.

State television RAI broadcast a video of the incident that showed the escalator suddenly speed up, leaving people in a tangled crush at the bottom, unable to jump free.

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.

First responders evacuate wounded persons on Piazza della Repubblica in central Rome on October 23, 2018 after around 20 people were injured when an escalator leading to the Repubblica metro station collapsed in an accident believed to have been caused by

First responders evacuate wounded persons on Piazza della Repubblica in central Rome on October 23, 2018 after around 20 people were injured when an escalator leading to the Repubblica metro station collapsed in an accident believed to have been caused byGetty Images

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi visited the metro station and said the local transport authority had opened an investigation, into the investigation, before appearing to deflect blame towards the supporters themselves: "From what witnesses have said, it seems that some fans were jumping and dancing on the stairs."

Italian media said some soccer supporters were trapped between the metal plates of the steps, while those on the opposite escalator were seen trying to drag people to safety.

A witness said it was as if they "had just witnessed a scene from the apocalypse."

An attending member of the emergency services told reporters: "Only half of the escalator is intact. The last steps split and they crumpled on top of one another."

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