Two people died on a Japanese bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Osaka on Tuesday when a 70-year-old man poured a flammable liquid over his body and set himself on fire.
Several people aboard the train sustained different degrees of injuries, according to the government and local media reports.
Roughly 1,000 people were on board.
According to a woman in her 60s who said she encountered the man shortly before he set himself on fire.
“The man came to my seat and said, ‘I just picked this money up, so you can have it,’ and put several 1,000-yen bills on the seat-back table.
‘I don’t need it,’ I told him, and the man started walking aimlessly down the aisle, pouring on himself what looked like oil,” she said.
“I told him to stop, and he said, ‘You’re in danger, too, so please escape,’ and I ran to the back of the train. In that time, the man set himself on fire.”