Rome metro station escalator goes haywire, injuring riders

Sherman Parsons
October 24, 2018

Gurin said: "30 people were injured from among the fans of the CSKA football club in connection with the accident on the escalator of Rome's metro station".

"The scene that we found was people piled up at the bottom of the escalator", Rome provincial fire chief Giampietro Boscaino said.

People can be heard screaming in a terrifying video posted on social media that shows bodies being hurled on top of each other as the escalator suddenly goes out of control.

The crashed escalator at the subway station in Rome.

The prefect's office put the number of injured at 20, mostly Russians in town for a Champion's League soccer game between CSKA Moscow and Roma.

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Witnesses quoted by police said the Russian fans had been singing and jumping before the escalator gave way.

Most of those injured were fans of the visiting Russian football team CSKA Moscow, reports say.

Emergency services described the escalator's steps as "split and crumpled" and surrounded by broken glass and beer bottles, reports Sky Italia.

Reuters reported that some fans became trapped under the escalator's metal plates, and La Repubblica reported that one injury was so serious that it required the amputation of a foot.

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