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Scare prompts evacuation of Charlotte train station

Posted June 17, 2010

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— Authorities evacuated an Amtrak station in Charlotte for more than hour Thursday morning after suspicious items were found on a train from Raleigh, CBS News affiliate WBTV-TV reported.

An Amtrak representative told the TV station that Norfolk Southern Police asked for the evacuation, at 1914 N. Tryon St., while police and a bomb squad determined what was found on top of three tankers aboard the train.

Emergency officials later determined the items to be harmless, but didn't say what they were.

The train, No. 73, was headed to Charlotte, and had 47 passengers on board. Further details weren't immediately available.

According to Amtrak's website, the train departed from Raleigh at 6:50 a.m. and arrived in Charlotte at 10:02 a.m.

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  • oldrebel Jun 17, 2010

    I've ben thinking of getting on this train at Raleigh one morning just for an excursion to Charlotte and maybe some walk-around picture taking once there. Anyone else done this. If so throw some inforamtion in here. Like what's the ride like...is there anything to see and do within walking disatnce of the train stationb there in Charlotte...restaurants...sight as to photograph...etcetera.

  • unc70 Jun 17, 2010

    Why do you think it odd that the ads match the story? They select the ads based on the stories and on your personal profile (and I don't mean the GOLO one, although it might be factored in).

  • JustAName Jun 17, 2010

    Great, now they'll be holding up train schedules.

  • sprice7 Jun 17, 2010

    Odd that the ad that popped up in the margin beside this story was for Amtraks "Dynamite Deals" with a picture of the Raleigh/Charlotte train.