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Scare prompts evacuation of Charlotte train station

Posted June 17, 2010 12:13 p.m. EDT
Updated June 17, 2010 12:47 p.m. EDT

— 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.