Sunday, May 2, 2010

'Suspicious Package' Found on Red Line Was a Pipe

A Level 1 HazMat team was on the scene of the 95th Street station as emergency crews checked out a suspicious package found on the train about 8:12 p.m., Fire Media Affairs Spokesman Joe Roccasalva said. The station and all trains were evacuated.

Service was suspended between 87th and 95th street stations because of an incident at the 95th Street station Saturday, according to a service alert from the Chicago Transit Authority. All service was restored as of 10 p.m.

All lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway were closed between 87th and 99th streets but we were re-opened as of 9:15 p.m., Illinois State Police said.

The police Bomb and Arson unit secured the scene for an unattended package, police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said.

They were notified of the incident at 7:45 p.m. and cleared the scene by about 10 p.m., News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

No explosives were found, as the "suspicious package" turned out to be a pipe, Greer said.

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