Terrifying Footage Shows Soccer Fans Go Flying on Runaway Escalator

Russian football fans are among at least 24 people injured after an escalator collapsed in Rome.

Only one of the people hurt is in a serious condition, a spokeswoman for Rome's civil protection department said, while the others were being treated for less serious injuries.

An escalator at a metro station in Rome ran out of control this evening sending dozens of people hurtling into each other at terrifying speed.

Emergency services described the escalator's steps as "split and crumpled" and surrounded by broken glass and beer bottles, reports Sky Italia.

Ansa said at least 20 people had been hurt, majority suffering leg injuries. "At that moment the escalator collapsed", a police spokesman told Russian news agency RIA.

About 1500 CSKA fans were attending the match.

More than 20 people were taken to hospital and one has reportedly had a foot amputated.

Roma and CSKA fans also clashed outside the Stadio Olimpico arena before the game.

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

  • Stacy Allen