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2 left ill after liquid reported inside east Japan train

This file photo taken on May 8, 2019 shows the logo of Tobu Railway Co. in Tokyo's Toshima Ward. (Mainichi/Kazuhisa Soneda)

CHIBA -- Two people fell ill after a liquid was apparently sprayed inside a train on the Tobu Noda Line in Chiba Prefecture, officials said.

    An emergency call was made from inside the train at around 6:15 a.m. on June 24, saying, "There is a strange smell and it looks like some kind of liquid was sprayed."

    The incident caused two people to fall ill. According to fire department officials, one of the people, described as a female aged between 10 and 19, complained of pain in her lower abdomen. Tobu Railway Co. stopped the train at the nearby Nodashi Station and asked all passengers to get off. Chiba Prefectural Police said they don't believe the liquid is poisonous. They are continuing to investigate the case.

    According to Tobu Railway, the incident occurred on a regular train traveling between Kashiwa and Omiya stations. Operation of the Noda Line, also called the Tobu Urban Park Line, was suspended in some sections due to the incident.

    (Japanese original by Tatsuya Naganuma, Chiba Bureau; Makoto Kakizaki, Tokyo City News Department)

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