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Suspicious package reported on Amtrak train in Lincoln

Suspicious package reported on Amtrak train in Lincoln

Update 12:20 p.m.

The Lincoln Fire Chief tells us the all clear has been given. They just wrapped up inspecting the train within the last 5 minutes and found nothing dangerous.

The package found on the train only contained personal belongings and nothing unusual.

The plan is to bring the train back to the station and send the passengers on their way.

The call came in at 9:15 a.m. and the investigation wrapped up at about 12:15 p.m.

Original:

The Lincoln Fire Department confirms to Newschannel 20 and Fox Illinois that a suspicious package was reported on an Amtrak train in Lincoln. The train stopped just north of Lincoln.

The Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire Department, the Secretary of State Police and Illinois State Police are investigating. The passengers have been unloaded from the train. No injuries have been reported.

The Secretary of State’s Office confirms they were called in and asked to bring a technician and bomb-sniffing dog.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari released the following statement on the incident:

Amtrak Train 302 today was delayed for more than three hours near Lincoln, Illinois, while authorities examined items left behind by a passenger. As a precaution, 190 customers temporarily disembarked at Lincoln while police agencies completed their work.
Amtrak apologies for the delay and thanks the emergency responders. There were no injuries.
Train 302 operates daily between St. Louis and Chicago. This incident also affected three other Amtrak trains, including one other northbound and two southbound.

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