Scores hurt in Rome metro escalator accident

20 injured in Rome escalator accident

State television RAI broadcast a video of the incident that showed a packed escalator suddenly speed up, hurtling people down the stairs.

Around 20 people were injured Tuesday (Oct 23) when an escalator leading to a metro station in central Rome collapsed in an accident believed to have been caused by Russian football fans, Italian media said.

The cause was not immediately known.

Disturbing footage captured the chaos on the Rome escalator.

"People one on the top of the other looking for help".

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The incident happened before CSKA Moscow's match with Roma in the group stages of the Champions League.

An escalator at a train station in Italy malfunctioned on Tuesday, reportedly leaving at least 20 people injured. ANSA also quoted city transport agency officials as saying maintenance is carried out on metro system escalators every month.

Most of those injured were fans of the visiting Russian football team CSKA Moscow, reports say.

Rescuers give assistance to a person who was wounded after the escalator started running too fast before crashing.

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