Engineer's report into escalator accident at Rome metro station expected to take three months.
Rome's Repubblica metro station is expected to remain closed to commuters for at least three months, following the collapse of the station's escalators on 23 October.
The lengthy closure relates to the ongoing investigation into the incident, which made international headlines, according to Italian daily La Repubblica.
The public prosecutor has yet to appoint an engineering consultancy firm to determine the cause of the accident which injured about two dozen people, most of them visiting Russian football fans, one of whom lost his foot. Consultants' reports regarding public safety issues generally require three months to conclude, according to La Repubblica.
The accident occurred when one of the escalators failed, causing it to accelerate excessively, dragging down about 100 people at speed. Initial reports of Russian fans jumping on the escalator in the moments before the incident were dismissed following the publication of video footage taken by witnesses.
The escalators provide the only commuter access to Repubblica's underground. The Metro A station's closure means that passengers wishing to reach the Piazza della Repubblica area must choose between Barberini and Termini.Photo La Repubblica