Terrifying Video Shows Out-Of-Control Escalator That Injured At Least 20

Images shared by the fire and rescue service showed the damage done to some of the steps. Pic Vigili del Fuoco

"The scene that we found was people piled up at the bottom of the escalator", Rome provincial fire chief Giampietro Boscaino said.

Video footage on social media showed the escalator accelerate and send passengers crushing into each other at the bottom, some throwing themselves across to another escalator, which was moving at a normal speed.

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

The AGI news agency said that "a large group of CSKA fans, probably under the influence of alcohol, began to jump together, provoking the collapse" of one part of the escalator.

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One person was seriously hurt in the accident at the city-centre Repubblica station, according to Italian police. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that one victim's foot was partially severed. "At that moment the escalator collapsed", a police spokesman told Russian news agency RIA.

CSKA Moscow was playing Roma in a Champions League match. Most of the injured were CSKA fans, the spokesman added.

She said that it appeared that "some Russian supporters were dancing and jumping on the escalator".

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