A few tourists found themselves in a nightmare situation at Repubblica Station in Rome, when an escalator began seemingly operating over-quickly and collapsing under the weight of its passengers.
A passerby on the neighboring escalator caught video of the terrifying incident:
📍 Metro #Roma: cede scala mobile, circa 20 i feriti, quasi tutti russi. Stazione #Repubblica chiusa Nel video il mo… https://t.co/P5Gs7WrqVz— Rai Radio1 (@Rai Radio1)1540320737.0
Many of the people on the out of control escalator were Russian CSKA football fans.
Over 20 people were injured--some very seriously.
"I just experienced a scene from the apocalypse," one witness said. "One of the steps on the downward escalator, just a metre away from me, started accelerating extremely fast like it had gone crazy."
This has just happened with CSKA fans in Rome after an escalator broke down. Multiple fans have reportedly been inj… https://t.co/1I1pFnYV8H— Artur Petrosyan (@Artur Petrosyan)1540317295.0
Shocking pictures emerging from Rome tonight #roma #CSKA #championsleague https://t.co/6p6udSGn2C— Daily Star (@Daily Star)1540317773.0
#Roma #23ott 19:45, cede scala mobile #metroA stazione #repubblica: intervento #vigilidelfuoco in corso per soccors… https://t.co/BGsq93xAKX— Vigili del Fuoco (@Vigili del Fuoco)1540317145.0
Emergency crews arrived to free the injured and send them to local hospitals.
#Roma #metro #repubblica, aggiornamento ore 21:00: terminata la prima fase dell’intervento dei #vigilidelfuoco, tut… https://t.co/ObGeznCF1s— Vigili del Fuoco (@Vigili del Fuoco)1540322880.0
One of the fans reportedly lost part of their foot in the accident, and at least two others' leg injuries will require surgery.
@arturpetrosyan Seems like the person recording knew it was going to happen 👀— lami (@lami)1540317560.0
@arturpetrosyan This guy here, snapping on his way to his possible death.. #NoFucksGiven https://t.co/0AmFaDd8is— Michael @BTR_PC (@Michael @BTR_PC)1540320433.0
@arturpetrosyan That's happened because CSKA fans was jumping on the stairs.— Andrea Paone (@Andrea Paone)1540318655.0
"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station. At that moment the escalator collapsed," said a Roman police spokesman.
Witnesses said that the fans were rowdy and jumping up and down on the escalator, which is what lead to its collapse.
@arturpetrosyan @blacklions24 Bad news. What a shock! To all injured, my most heart felt wishes for a fast recovery.— PMFB (@PMFB)1540323624.0
@arturpetrosyan Well done to these guys that were able to quickly jump off then help others. Legends. https://t.co/xEY34yeLVX— Samir Madi 🏃♂️🇦🇺 (@Samir Madi 🏃♂️🇦🇺)1540345728.0
@arturpetrosyan @helloitskailee THIS GAVE ME ANXIETY— Tally (@Tally)1540326670.0
@arturpetrosyan @jonnydonegal Dear God I hope everyone is okay !!!— lulu (@lulu)1540334193.0
This is going to add escalators to our collective list of phobias.