More than 20 injured as escalator 'collapses' at metro station

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An escalator in a Rome metro station packed with CSKA Moscow football fans broke on Tuesday (Oct 23), injuring at least 20 people as they were flung down the stairs, Italian police said.

Video footage on social media showed the escalator accelerate and send passengers crushing into each other at the bottom, some throwing themselves across to another escalator, which was moving at a normal speed.

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

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

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Ansa said at least 20 people had been hurt, a lot of them suffering leg injuries. Emergency officials are responding to the scene.

"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station". The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that one victim's foot was partially severed.

The malfunction is believed to have been caused by a large group of fans jumping on the escalator with force.

About 1500 CSKA fans were attending the match.

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