Thursday 30 March 2017

Female passenger killed after 'human fireball' set himself alight on high-speed train

A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows smoke rising from Owakudani vally at Mount Hakone where a small volcanic erupted, in Hakone town, west of Tokyo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Japan Meteorological Agency/Handout via Reuters
A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows smoke rising from Owakudani vally at Mount Hakone where a small volcanic erupted, in Hakone town, west of Tokyo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Japan Meteorological Agency/Handout via Reuters
A video grab from the Japan Meteorological Agency's live camera image shows smoke rising from Owakudani vally at Mount Hakone where a small volcanic erupted, in Hakone town, west of Tokyo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Japan Meteorological Agency/Handout via Reuters
A passenger is carried out of the bullet train, right, which made an emergency stop in Odawara, west of Tokyo Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Kyodo News via AP Photo)
A passenger, left, crouches inside a train car of the bullet train which made an emergency stop in Odawara, west of Tokyo Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Kyodo News via AP Photo)
Passengers are seen inside a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo
An extinguisher is left on a car of a Shinkansen bullet train which made an emergency stop in Odawara, west of Tokyo Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Kyodo News via AP Photo)
A passenger receives medical treatment from rescue workers after their Shinkansen bullet train made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo
Passengers receive medical treatment from rescue workers after their Shinkansen bullet train made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo
A Shinkansen bullet train is seen after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo
An extinguisher (R) is seen as a police officer investigates a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo Mandatory credit
Passengers are seen inside a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo
Police officers investigate a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo
Passengers are seen inside a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo
A passenger on the stretcher is carried by rescue workers from a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo
A passenger on the stretcher is carried by rescue workers from a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara, south of Tokyo, in this aerial view photo taken by Kyodo June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Kyodo
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A man travelling on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire today, killing himself and another passenger as the carriage filled with smoke.

Fire service officials said at least nine other people were injured, one seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation.

Police confirmed the death of a female passenger and said the man who started the fire is also apparently dead, but the extent of his burns is delaying formal confirmation.

National broadcaster NHK and other media outlets reported the deaths of the male and female passengers.

The passenger is believed to have poured oil over his head before setting himself on fire. Officials said the fire was at the front of the first carriage of the train.

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

The train stopped when a passenger pressed an emergency button after finding someone collapsed on the floor near a toilet at the back of the carriage, a transport ministry official said.

Bullet train services between Tokyo and Osaka were suspended for about two-and-a-half hours while rescue workers helped some of the injured off the train. It then moved slowly to Odawara station, where about 1,000 passengers got off.

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