Terrifying Footage Shows Soccer Fans Go Flying on Runaway Escalator

Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to steps

Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to steps

At least 20 people have been hurt after an escalator collapsed at an underground station in Rome.

RAI, the state television broadcaster, aired a video of the incident, showing the escalator suddenly accelerating, with people piling up at the bottom.

Footage on social media shows people being crushed at the bottom of the escalator as it runs out of control.

Italian media said the incident involved visiting fans of the Russian football team CSKA Moscow, which faced Italian side Roma in a Champions League clash earlier today.

Emergency services are at the scene and the station had been closed, Italian news agency Ansa reported.

The paper also said that one of the victims was injured so seriously that the medics were forced to amputate a part of his foot.

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

"A total of 30 people were injured: seven of them are in grave condition; five others are moderate and 18 were only slightly wounded", a Russian embassy in Rome spokesman told Tass.

Many fans sustained cuts to their legs by shattered metal and glass.

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