Over 20 people suffered injuries at a Central Rome metro station on Tuesday when an escalator malfunctioned; most of them were Russian football fans.
While many suffered leg injuries after getting entangled in the escalator's mangled panel, one of them was severely injured.
The horrifying incident has been captured in a video that has now gone viral.
Breaking: #Escalator in #Rome #malfunctions causing several #injuries We hope everyone is ok!!! #retweet pic.twitter.com/kfVmVkgH0P— Paulie G (@PaulieGMMA) October 23, 2018
Breaking: #Escalator in #Rome #malfunctions causing several #injuries We hope everyone is ok!!! #retweet pic.twitter.com/kfVmVkgH0P
In the video, an escalator at Repubblica station can be seen descending, before suddenly picking up speed as people fall and pile on top of one another at the foot of the escalator.
According to media reports, witnesses said that the football fans were drunk and jumping and dancing on the escalator right before it lost control.
However, they have denied this narrative.
The incident at the Central Rome metro station took place at around 17:30 hrs GMT, almost an hour before a Champions League match between Italy's Roma and Russian club CSKA Moscow.
The Russian fans were supposed to board the metro to the stadium.
The metro station near Rome's Termini train station has been closed and the accident triggered investigation.
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