Man sets himself on fire on Japan bullet train, 2 dead, dozens injured
According to local media, a man poured an oil-like liquid over his head and attempted self-immolation in the train that was carrying about 1,000 passengers.
"At the very front of the first carriage ... this person had
a whole petrol container, and sprayed liquid across the seats ...
and then all over himself. And then set himself on fire," a
woman passenger told TBS broadcaster. "And fire spread all
over the place immediately."
The fire department of Odawara in the Kanagawa Prefecture said that the man and a female passenger died on the train, while two other people were injured, the Japan Times reports. The woman reportedly died from inhaling smoke.
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"We received information indicating that a fire broke out
near a toilet and two people were in cardiopulmonary
arrest," a spokesman for the Odawara Fire Department said.
At least 26 other passengers were also hurt in the incident due to heat, smoke and other causes, according to fire department officials.
Television footage showed people being evacuated from the train, which stopped in a residential area. Several people were carried out of the train on stretchers.
Bullet trains, called Shinkansen, travel at a speed of up to 320km/h and have been widely regarded as a safe way of traveling. Many thousands of Japanese people use them for commuting daily.