20 hurt as escalator goes berserk, accelerating out of control

20 hurt as escalator goes berserk, accelerating out of control

Video of the incident has gone viral on social media, showing the escalator operating at a blistering speed and sending passengers hurtling towards the bottom.

More than 20 people, mainly Russian football fans, were injured Tuesday when an escalator in a metro station in central Rome collapsed, firefighters said.

Emergency services were at the scene and the station was closed, Italian news agency Ansa reported.

Many people were heard screaming as they piled on top of one another at the foot of the moving stairway.

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

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

The incident happened before CSKA Moscow's match with Roma in the group stages of the Champions League.

The crashed escalator at the subway station in Rome.

Ten people were injured, according to a report from the Ansa news agency cited by Reuters.

'From what witnesses have said, it seems that some fans were jumping and dancing on the stairs, ' Raggi told reporters.

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