Scores hurt in Rome metro escalator accident

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A video on Sky TG24 shows the escalator accelerating suddenly Tuesday evening, and the people riding down on it collapsing one onto another.

Italian media have reported that more than 20 people were injured when the escalator leading down to the metro station collapsed.

Footage taken by witnesses show the escalator running at an unusually high speed.

Seven people were seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station.

Emergency services are at the scene and the station has been closed, Italian news agency Ansa reported.

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About 1500 CSKA fans were attending the match.

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

The Russian embassy in Italy later said that up to 30 football fans were injured.

CSKA Moscow is due to play against AS Roma in the Champions League later on Tuesday and hundreds of its supporters were on the move to reach the Olympic stadium.

La Repubblica website said the escalator broke after singing and chanting fans started to jump up and down on it.