CSKA Moscow fans injured in escalator accident in Rome

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

Footage posted on social media showed the escalator suddenly picking up speed and throwing people to the ground as they reached the bottom.

The station has been closed and emergency services are on scene, where injured fans are being stretchered to safety.

The Russian fans were in Rome to follow their team CSKA Moscow in its Champions League match against AS Roma, scheduled to be played this evening.

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Ansa said more than 20 people had been hurt, majority suffering leg injuries.

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. Most of the injured were CSKA fans, the spokesman added.

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

Witnesses say the football fans had been singing and jumping before the escalator gave way and footage shared on social media shows people piling up at the bottom.

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