Fans of CSKA Moscow were in Rome to watch their team take on Roma in a Champions League match at Olympic Stadium. The match was on Tuesday evening, and the metro station was reportedly full of CSKA Moscow fans on their way to the stadium when the escalator broke. A video of the incident has surfaced on Twitter, and it shows the escalator operating at a blistering speed and hurtling passengers toward the bottom. (Warning: Video shows violent speed and injuries.)
— Фанаты ЦСКА★RBWorld (@RBWorldorg) October 23, 2018
It’s an utterly terrifying scene. La Repubblica reported (via Reuters) that fans were chanting, singing and jumping up and down on the escalator before it broke. The official Twitter account for Rome’s emergency services tweeted a photo of the mangled escalator.
— Vigili del Fuoco (@emergenzavvf) October 23, 2018
There isn’t much known about the extent of the injuries. 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.
According to Reuters, the metro station is currently closed, with multiple ambulances parked at the entrance.
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