Russian fans hurt in escalator collapse
Russian football fans are among at least 24 people injured after an escalator collapsed in Rome.
Supporters of the CSKA club were travelling to watch their team play in a Champions League match against Roma when the escalator gave way at Repubblica station in the Italian capital, reports Sky Italia.
Footage taken by witnesses show the escalator running at an unusually high speed.
Some victims hurled themselves on the central avenue of the escalator to try and avoid injury.
Emergency services described the escalator’s steps as “split and crumpled” and surrounded by broken glass and beer bottles, reports Sky Italia.
Many fans sustained cuts to their legs by shattered metal and glass.
More than 20 people were taken to hospital and one has reportedly had a foot amputated.
The Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into the incident.