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.
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 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.