A video captured after fire breaks out on board the train at TST Station on Friday evening 10 Feb 2017 shows the extent of the blast.
According to police, an initial information shows that there were flames and smoke on board the train at the Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 7.14pm,.
“A man tried to hurl a lit Molotov cocktail (petrol bomb) on board a packed train when it was about to reach TST platform and he caught fire,” the police said.
The Chinese man who sustained severe burns was escorted by police to Queen Elizabeth Hospital after the incident.
“Extra travelling time can be expected on the Tsuen Wan Line. Please allow more time for travel. More details to follow,” the MTR said in a statement on their official website.
They said that no trains would be stopping at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station because of the incident.
“MTR staff are handling the situation,” MTR said.
About thirteen ambulances were mobilised. Four of the injured were sent to Kwong Wah Hospital, one was sent to Caritas Medical Centre, and another was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Police anti-terrorism officers, who were recently deployed to patrol the city’s railway network for the first time to beef up security in response to global terrorist attacks, have been sent to the scene.
Trains from Central to and from Tsuen Wan station will be operating at five minute intervals.
“A free MTR shuttle bus service is operating between Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Yau Ma Tei Station, through Jordan Station; or please consider using other transport,” the MTR said.
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According to the reports, the first carriage of the train caught fire, which has been put out later.
Interior designer Ray Chau, 27, said he was originally travelling to Mong Kok when he heard the captain announce that all passengers would have to get off at Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
“I saw [fire] two compartments away, there was a lot of smoke because ... smoke in one compartment quickly filled the entire train.“That train journey felt particularly long,” he said. “There was nothing we could do but to inhale the smoke.”
“One minute we were all playing with our phones, the next there was smoke everywhere.
“Some people thought there was an explosion, many people were screaming.”
He recalled seeing a burned victim upon on the platform.
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