TOKYO, Sept. 28 : (Xinhua) — Multiple passengers traveling on the Seibu Shinjuku Line at Tokyo’s Takadanobaba Station complained of sore throats and coughing after smelling something they described as similar to paint thinner, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said on Wednesday evening.
Emergency personnel were quickly dispatched to Takadanobaba Station located in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward, situated between the commercial districts of Ikebukuro and Shinjuku, at around 5:45 p.m. local time, following emergency calls from station officials, local media reported.
The officials said some commuters were complaining of “feeling bad” while coughing and saying their throats were sore or irritated.The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department couldn’t rule out the possibility that a substance such as paint thinner could have been dispersed during rush hour.
Nine people were taken to a separate room at the station to receive emergency medical care by Seibu Railway staff immediately after the incident, local media reported and the area around the station has been cordoned off, with certain access restricted to rescue officials. A heavy presence of police, fire department and ambulances remain on the scene carrying out investigations, public broadcaster NHK reported. The incident did not cause the train’s operator to suspend its service.