Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

Rome escalator collapse Dozens of Russian CSKA Moscow fans injured one 'loses leg'

Dramatic Twitter footage posted by a Russian fan shows the escalator running at incredible speed, causing people to pile up and crash into each other at the bottom.

An escalator has given way at a metro station in central Rome leaving more than 20 people injured, some of them seriously, Italian officials say.

Footage on social media shows people piling up at the bottom of an escalator as it rapidly descends.

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The station has been closed and emergency services are on scene, where injured fans are being stretchered to safety.

There were also reports of one Russian visitor being stabbed with a knife, but they were later refuted by the Italian embassy in Moscow.

Newspaper La Repubblica reported the collapse happened after singing and chanting supporters began to jump up and down on the steps.

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

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.

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