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    Washington's Union Station Closed Off as Police Inspect Suspicious Vehicle

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    Roads around Washington, DC's Union Station passenger rail terminal were closed by Capitol Police Wednesday evening in response to a suspicious vehicle parked outside the station. Streets have since been reopened as police conclude parts of their investigation.

    At approximately 3:45 p.m. local time, US Capitol Police (USPC) officers "responded to a request for assistance from a commercial driver after his fare exited the vehicle without his luggage," a USCP spokesperson told Sputnik Wednesday. That began an investigation of the vehicle and the abandoned luggage. "Working with Amtrak Police, the USCP located the passenger at Union Station. The USCP's investigation cleared the vehicle and the luggage," the spokesperson said. 

    The associated street closures were lifted at 7:20 p.m.

    All traffic into the train station was halted as police searched for the suspect, who reportedly ran into the station. Fire and bomb personnel were also on site, with eyewitnesses estimating around 20-30 emergency vehicles in total.

    It's unclear whether rail or subway traffic servicing the station was also halted.

    ​​Capitol Police had personnel in an explosive ordinance disposal suit (a bomb suit) inspect the luggage in the street near the vehicle, which was located on Louisiana Ave, NE, near the station. One Capitol Police officer told Roll Call the car was "full of stuff," but did not specify if its contents were dangerous or illegal.

    Road closures began just as offices on Capitol Hill near the station were letting out for the day. Staff and visitors from the US Senate, which sits across a park and plaza from Union Station, were detoured around the situation. The suspicious vehicle sits on a road between the two buildings.

    Traffic backed up around the station for blocks, as several key transit arteries pass through the area closed off.

     

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    closed roads, suspicious package, bomb squad, vehicle, train station, US Capitol Police (USCP), Washington DC, United States
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