More than 20 injured in Rome escalator collapse

An injured person is seen outside the underground where some of CSKA Moscow supporters were injured in Rome Italy

CSKA Moscow fans injured in escalator accident in Rome

The footage appears to show a packed escalator moving at an alarmingly fast speed, flinging riders off and causing them to pile at the bottom of the steps with no place to move.

The fans were apparently there to root for the CSKA Moscow team.

Footage posted on social media showed the escalator suddenly picking up speed and throwing people to the ground as they reached the bottom.

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An underground escalator has collapsed in a central Rome train station leaving 24 people, thought to be mostly Russian soccer fans visiting for a CSKA Moscow Champions League match, injured.

One person was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station, they said. In recent years, more than a dozen municipal buses have caught fire while in service, with several reports of metro passengers injured by malfunctioning hardware.

Roma and CSKA fans also clashed outside the Stadio Olimpico arena before the game.

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People on the parallel escalator were seen trying to help others clamber across the divide to safety.

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

La Repubblica website said the accident may have been caused by singing and chanting fans jumping up and down on it.

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