Bullet train human fireball horror

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Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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A passenger on one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains tried to set fire to him or herself, causing smoke to fill the carriage and forcing the train to stop.

Two people were found unconscious, a transport ministry official said. Media reports said at least one had died.

The train came to a stop when a passenger pressed an emergency button after finding one of the two passengers collapsed on the floor on a front carriage deck near a toilet.

The incident happened as the train passed near Odawara city, west of Tokyo, on its way to Osaka.

The passenger had apparently poured oil over his or her head before setting themselves on fire, the ministry official said.

He said the second person was found collapsed in an area between the first and second carriages.

Public television NHK said dozens of passengers were injured after inhaling smoke.

The fire was extinguished, and passengers were evacuated from the train, the broadcaster said.

Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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