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Suspicious Bag Found Aboard Metrolink Train Prompts Evacuation In Riverside

RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Authorities evacuated Metrolink train passengers Monday, after a backpack was left in the restroom of a train. Bomb squad officers confirmed the bag did not contain explosives.

The suspicious item was discovered around 7:50 a.m. by a conductor during a routine security sweep, while the westbound train was stopped at the Vine Street station in Riverside, according to police Lt. Jaybee Brennan.

About 50 passengers were evacuated to a safe location. All train traffic en route to the Riverside station was halted during the investigation, according to Brennan.

Passengers were allowed back onto the train, and Metrolink operations returned to normal, the lieutenant said.

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