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Smoke from hair iron in passenger's backpack causes Tokyo train to make emergency stop

The official logo of East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) is shown here. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

TOKYO -- A train running on the popular JR Yamanote Line in the Japanese capital made an emergency stop at around 9 a.m. on Sept. 16 after white smoke -- apparently from a hair iron -- was detected from one of its cars.

    According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Ueno Police Station, the train was heading from Uguisudani Station to Ueno Station in Tokyo's Taito Ward on the JR Yamanote Line. A hair iron inside a female passenger's backpack had apparently caught fire, causing the smoke. The woman suffered burns to her feet, but no other individuals have been confirmed injured.

    Safety inspections were conducted after the train reached Ueno Station, and operations were resumed about 10 minutes later. Ueno Police Station is investigating the specific cause of the incident.

    (Japanese original by Yoshitaka Yamamoto, City News Department)

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