Rome escalator accident injures 20 Russian soccer fans

Rome escalator accident injures 20 Russian soccer fans

Rome escalator accident injures 20 Russian soccer fans

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.

At least 20 people were injured, according to the BBC's report.

One witness said they "had just witnessed a scene from the apocalypse" after seeing football fans being sent crashing into one another.

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

Dozens of beer bottles are also pictured in and around the station after fans dropped them in the chaos.

The Russian fans were in Rome to follow their team CSKA Moscow in its Champions League match against AS Roma, scheduled to be played this evening. "At that moment the escalator collapsed", a police spokesman told Russian news agency RIA.

Several were left injured after the pile up ahead of the game, with Dmitry Gurin of the Russian embassy claiming that 30 travelling fans were injured, with seven seriously injured following the malfunction.

La Repubblica website said the escalator broke after singing and chanting fans started to jump up and down on it.

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