A man riding one of Japan’s high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, killing himself and another passenger as the coach filled with smoke, Japanese officials and media reports said.
At least nine others were injured, one seriously, mostly from smoke inhalation, Odawara Fire Department official Ikutaro Torii said.
A Kanagawa prefecture police official confirmed the death of a female passenger and said the man who lit the fire is also apparently dead, but the extent of his burns is delaying formal confirmation.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information. National broadcaster NHK and other media reported the deaths of the male and female passengers. Read more…