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CLOCK: Escalator crash in Rome injured Russian football fans



Dozens of Russian football fans who traveled all the way to Rome to watch their team play Roma were injured when an escalator in the Italian capital failed.

Here you can follow the accident:

In the news it says that about 80 rowdy fans on the escalator of the subway station Repubblica jumped up and down and supported the CSKA Moscow football team. The combined weight of the fans caused the escalator to collapse, causing the belt to get out of control and tearing down the riders at dizzying speeds. It is not yet clear how many people were injured in the terrible accident. Russian social media users said there were thirty injuries, although Italian media said the number was rather ten. It was reported that five people were in critical condition, including a man whose foot was partially amputated in the crash.

The British Express reports that "many people" were trapped between the steps of the escalator as its mechanism went out of control. Rescuers rushed in and are now working to free the people trapped in the broken escalator. The Repubblica subway station was shut down as rescue workers work to rescue people trapped in the wreckage of the machine.

You can see a picture of the broken escalator, here:

Video shot in front of Repubblica subway station The crash showed rescue workers directing injured people on stretchers and ambulances with sirens that took people to the hospital.

The match between Moscow's CSKA and Roma began at 8 pm local time in the Olympic Stadium of Rome. Before the game, the experts predicted that the Roma would win, especially as they play in their own stadium and have the home advantage.


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