An escalator at a Rome Metro station went haywire and piled dozens of people on the floor

RBWorldorg/TwitterThe escalator collapse at a Rome Metro station.
  • An escalator malfunctioned at a Rome Metro station on Tuesday, injuring at least 10 people, according to a report from the Ansa news agency.
  • A video of the event went viral and appears to show people being spit out onto the floor by the fast-moving escalator.

An escalator at a Rome Metro station malfunctioned on Tuesday, inexplicably speeding up and sending dozens of riders onto the floor.

Ten people were injured, according to a report from the Ansa news agency cited by Reuters.

Footage of the escalator went viral after it was posted to a Russian sports blog’s Twitter account. The Repubblica-Teatro dell’Opera Station was crowded with fans of the visiting Russian soccer team CSKA Moscow, which was playing a game nearby.

The footage appears to show a packed escalator moving at an alarmingly fast speed, flinging riders off and causing them to pile at the bottom of the steps with no place to move.

One person can be seen climbing onto the escalator median to avoid the mass of people below.

Local police posted a photo of the damaged escalator.

The station was closed, and emergency services were dispatched to the scene, according to the Reuters report.

Italy’s infrastructure has lately been a topic of increased scrutiny. In August, a bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising questions about the quality of the country’s infrastructure maintenance.

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