Russian soccer fans seriously injured in Rome by out-of-control escalator

Russian soccer fans seriously injured in Rome by out-of-control escalator

Russian soccer fans seriously injured in Rome by out-of-control escalator

At least 30 people were injured as an escalator sped up unexpectedly, causing commuters to fall.

The Guardian reported that one fan of the Russian team had his foot severed during the incident, with a witness telling the paper it was like "a scene from apocalypse".

The incredible incident was caught on video and posted to Twitter by BNO News.

A spokesman for Italy's civil protection agency put the number of hospitalized at 24, mostly Russians in town for a Champion's League football game between CSKA Moscow and Roma, but among them were also Italians.

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi visited the metro station and said the local transport authority had opened an investigation. The Russian fans were headed for the city's Olympic Stadium, where the match was to take place.

Security camera footage showed a panel in the floor giving way as the woman stepped off the escalator.

Ten people were injured, according to a report from the Ansa news agency cited by Reuters. One Russian fan was stabbed with a knife, and two others were hurt in clashes with other supporters.

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

The metro station was closed in the immediate aftermath, with buses and cars diverted and emergency vehicles deployed outside.

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