[WATCH] Rome metro escalator collapse injures Russian football fans

Tens of Russian football fans in Rome to follow their favourite team are injured after an escalator in the Italian capital's metro collapsed

The injured were Russian football fans in Rome for a Champions League match
The injured were Russian football fans in Rome for a Champions League match

An escalator at Rome's Repubblica station collapsed this evening injuring tens of Russian football fans on their way to the Olimpico Stadium.

Italian media have reported that more than 20 people were injured when the escalator leading down to the metro station collapsed. One of the injured had his leg amputated.

Video footage posted on twitter shows the escalator picking up speed, forcing a pile up at the bottom of the stairway.

The Russian fans were in Rome to follow their team CSKA Moscow in its Champions League match against AS Roma, scheduled to be played this evening. The incident happened at around 7.45pm.

A photo showing part of the escalator that was crushed, posted by the Italian civil protection
A photo showing part of the escalator that was crushed, posted by the Italian civil protection

The Italian authorities have initiated an investigation to establish the cause of the collapse. Contrary to initial reports, the Russian fans were not jumping and celebrating on the escalator when the collapse happened.

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