Around 20 injured in Rome escalator incident

Around 20 injured in Rome escalator incident

At least 30 people were injured as an escalator sped up unexpectedly, causing commuters to fall.

Contrary to initial reports, the Russian fans were not jumping and celebrating on the escalator when the collapse happened.

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

Italian media have reported that more than 20 people were injured when the escalator leading down to the metro station collapsed.

Disturbing footage captured the chaos on the Rome escalator.

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The official Twitter account for Rome's emergency services tweeted a photo of the mangled escalator.

Fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said that the cause of the accident is still being investigated and that one person was seriously injured.

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.

According to Reuters, the metro station is now closed, with multiple ambulances parked at the entrance.

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