Passengers felt sick because of odd smell at Tokyo station

Passengers felt sick because of odd smell at Tokyo stationAt least six people were taken to hospital on Wednesday after they fell ill on a Tokyo commuter train, complaining of an odd smell similar to paint thinner, police and reports said.

Some 20 people reportedly said they had felt the strange smell before feeling sick.

It was not immediately clear what was behind the passengers’ complaints and they were not seriously ill, local media said.

Police confirmed there was an incident at Takadanobaba station without giving further details.

According to the NHK broadcaster, experts are carrying out works at the station trying to find the source of the smell. Ambulances and firefighters are also present at the site of the incident. According to the media outlet, the incident has not halted the train traffic.

The incident fanned fears in a city still horrified by deadly sarin gas attacks on the Japanese capital’s metro two decades ago, which left 13 people dead and injured some 6,000.
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