Area deemed safe after suspicious package found at Ogilvie Transportation Center – NBC Chicago

The Ogilvie Transportation Center was deemed “safe and clear” Monday night, more than two hours after a suspicious package prompted the evacuation and shutdown of several Metra lines.

According to Chicago police, at approximately 4:04 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of West Madison Street for a suspicious package inside a train station. Officers evacuated the station and no injuries were reported, authorities said.

A K-9 officer was brought to the scene, according to police.

A Metra spokesperson confirmed to NBC 5 that an unattended bag was being investigated by police at the West Loop Gate transportation facility.

A Chicago Police Department spokesperson said the “area was made safe and clear” around 6:30 p.m., but did not provide further details about the incident.

Inbound and outbound train service has been halted on the Union Pacific North, Northwest and West lines, according to Metra’s website.

Photos and videos posted to social media showed large crowds gathered in a common area of ​​the transportation hub during the investigation.

Traffic was blocked northbound on Canal from Madison and eastbound on Washington from Clinton to Canal while officers worked at the scene. CTA bus traffic was also diverted due to street closures.

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