SUBWAY HORROR Terrifying moment football fans are crushed on Rome subway after escalator breaks leaving 30 people injured

Four people were seriously hurt in the incident at the Repubblica Metro station ahead of the CSKA Moscow vs Roma Champions League football match in the Italian capital this evening

24 October 2018 - 08:47

THIS is the terrifying moment dozens of football fans were injured when an overcrowded escalator broke in Rome tonight.

Footage shows crowds of people hurtling into each other after the malfunction at the Repubblica underground station.

The Russian embassy in Italy said that up to 30 people were injured in the incident ahead of CSKA Moscow's Champions League match with Roma.

Witnesses quoted by police said Russian fans were "singing and jumping" on the escalator shortly before it collapsed.

Terrifying screams can be heard in a video of the collapse as scores of people were sent hurtling towards the bottom.

Some passengers were pulled to safety while others scrambled over the central reservation but many were crushed in the mechanism.

 Several of the injured fans, believed to be mostly CSKA Moscow supporters, suffered 'serious' injuries
 
Several of the injured fans, believed to be mostly CSKA Moscow supporters, suffered 'serious' injuries
 A map of Rome shows the location of the Repubblica metro station and the Stadio Olimpica, where footie fans were travelling when the escalator broke
 
A map of Rome shows the location of the Repubblica metro station and the Stadio Olimpica, where footie fans were travelling when the escalator broke

Part of one victim's foot was cut off in the incident, according to La Repubblica.

One person told the paper: "I just witnessed a scene from the apocalypse."

Six people are seriously injured and more than 100 firefighters have been scrambled to the station.

Dmitry Gurin, of the Russian embassy, claimed that 30 travelling fans were injured, with 17 taken to hospital.

 A picture shared on social media appears to show the bloody aftermath of the escalator collapse
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A picture shared on social media appears to show the bloody aftermath of the escalator collapse

"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station. At that moment the escalator collapsed," a police spokesman told Russian news agency RIA.

One photo shared on social media appears to show blood and broken metal at the bottom of the malfunctioning escalator.

Meanwhile, a Russian fan was stabbed during clashes between fans near the Stadio Olimpico.

Two other travelling Moscow fans were also said to have been hurt in the melee.

Police were deployed with water cannons to break up the violence between rival fans.

 

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