Rome's Barberini metro station closed after escalator collapse

Repubblica metro station still closed after escalator accident in October.

Rome's central Barberini metro station has been closed after a step on its escalator gave way at around 10.00 on 21 March, leading to widespread panic among commuters.

The escalator was full of people when the incident took place, with witnesses saying the escalator "crumpled up" during the ascent. There are no reports of injuries.

The malfunction was reportedly preceded by metallic noises and led to the escalator coming to a sudden halt, with one step giving way near the top. Witnesses spoke of commuters screaming and rushing to get off the escalator.

The nearby Repubblica station has been closed to the public since 23 October after dozens of people were injured in a major escalator accident.

Most of those injured at Repubblica station were Russian football fans travelling to see their team CSKA Moscow play against AS Roma. One of the Russian fans reportedly had his foot amputated as a result of the incident.

Repubblica station is expected to reopen in May.

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Rome's Barberini metro station closed after escalator collapse

00187 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy