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Train with 'suspicious' luggage in Menlo Park resumes service

 

Caltrain service has resumed with residual delays, after a southbound train was stopped at the Menlo Park station for nearly 50 minutes to investigate a suspicious piece of luggage left on the train.

The incident was first reported at 3:05 p.m., according to Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.

Riders reported that two people boarded the train and left a piece of luggage behind when they got off, Bartholomew said.

The train was evacuated and both the Menlo Park Police Department and a bomb squad arrived to investigate the situation. With the help of bomb-sniffing dogs, the piece of luggage was determined to be safe.

As of 3:54 p.m., the southbound 152 train began reloading passengers for departure, according to Caltrain's Twitter feed. It left running 52 minutes late toward San Jose.

Bartholomew said Caltrain is taking all necessary precautions and that security is heightened this week because of the upcoming Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday.

For more information, see InMenlo.com.

— Almanac Staff and Bay City News Service

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