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Man sets self on fire on Japanese bullet train, killing himself and one other

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 2:46 PM
Passengers walk on a platform after getting off a high-speed bullet train where a man set himself of fire, at Odawara station in Odawara, west of Tokyo yesterday.

ODAWARA, Japan (AP):

A man riding a Japanese high-speed bullet train set himself on fire yesterday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, a fire official said.

At least 26 other people were injured, three seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.

The man's motive wasn't clear.

The passenger poured an oil-like substance over his head before setting himself on fire, authorities said. Kyodo News service reported that he used a lighter. Officials said the fire was at the front of the first car in the train, which was heading from Tokyo to Osaka.

"I said to myself, 'This is bad!'" said Takeo Inariyama, a 54-year-old businessman travelling in the second car. "I saw everyone running towards me and smoke coming. Also, the smell (of smoke) filled the car. So I felt my life was in danger."