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At least 15 trains were held up at Ogilvie Transportation Center for about two hours Wednesday while police investigated unattended luggage on the second level, officials said.
Metra police spotted the bags shortly before 10:30 a.m. in an area between the revolving doors and where the trains stop, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.
The item was a briefcase, left by a man who told a custodian at the station he “didn’t want it anymore,’’ before setting it down near the tracks and walking away, police said.
The worker thought it was suspicious, and he called 911.
Police will be reviewing video surveillance and are trying to find the man so that they can talk to him. A cellphone, ID and a camera were inside the case, police said.
Metra contacted the Chicago Police Department, which dispatched a bomb squad to the station at 500 W. Madison Street, according to a police spokesman.
At 11 a.m., a hazardous materials alert was called, sending dozens of firefighters and rigs to the scene, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. The alert was later canceled when the items found inside the luggage “turned out to pose no threat,’’ the fire department tweeted.
No trains were allowed in or out of the station while police investigated. The alert was secured and trains began moving around 12:30 p.m., according to Metra. At least 15 trains, all on the Union Pacific line, were affected. Metra said it expected no delays for the evening rush hour.
Around 11:15 a.m., a second incident of a suspicous package was investigated at 20 S. Wacker Dr. in the Loop, not far from the station, police said. People were kept away as a precaution, according to Officer Jennifer Bryk.
No other details were available.
This article first appeared on www.chicagotribune.com
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