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140,000 Tokyo commuters affected by train delays due to suicide, other trouble

An East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) sign is seen in this April 4, 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

TOKYO -- A woman's probable suicide plus separate train car trouble caused widespread delays impacting some 140,000 commuters across East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) lines in the Japanese capital on the morning of April 11.

A woman thought to be in her 20s was hit and killed by an Omiya Station-bound Keihin-Tohoku Line train at JR Kanda Station in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward at about 6:40 a.m. after she got down onto the tracks from the platform. According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Manseibashi Police Station, security camera video suggests she intended to take her own life. The Keihin-Tohoku, Chuo and Yamanote lines were temporarily suspended due to the incident. Service was restored in stages within an hour.

Then at about 7:45 a.m., an umbrella was found caught in the pantograph of a Tokyo Station-bound Chuo Line train car at JR Ogikubo Station in the capital's Suginami Ward. Service was halted for around an hour as workers removed the wayward umbrella and checked the overhead electrical lines.

(Japanese original by Kohei Chiwaki, City News Department)

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