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Metrolink resumes service after suspicious items deemed clear

File photo of a Metrolink train.
File photo of a Metrolink train.
File photo by Sharon McNary/KPCC

11:50 a.m. Rail service resumes after authorities declare incident "all-clear"

Metrolink and other rail service has resumed after a bomb squad investigation of suspicious bags left on a platform at the Norwalk station in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Ramon Montenegro of the sheriff's Transit Policing Division says significant delays were expected because the transportation network between Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles counties was stopped for 2½ hours Thursday starting at 7:20 a.m.

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As many as 4,000 riders were aboard trains that were stopped during the probe of a duffel bag and what appeared to be a purse found by a bench. Besides Metrolink, the tracks are also used by freight trains and Amtrak.

Montenegro says the all-clear was given at 9:50 a.m.

Some passengers were bused to their destinations, while others were rerouted on other trains.

For updates on delays along the train routes, visit Metrolink’s Twitter feed @Metrolink

9:36 a.m. Metrolink trains stopped as authorities investigate suspicious item

About a dozen of Southern California's Metrolink commuter trains with as many as 4,000 passengers are stopped while Whittier police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies investigate a suspicious item at or near the Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs station.

Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson says the owner of the track, BNSF Railway, issued the order when the package or packages were discovered. Johnson says the freight operator did not share details like location or description.

Because of the attacks in Belgium, all precautions are being taken.

The lines affected include the Orange County line from Los Angeles to Oceanside and the line between Riverside and Los Angeles. Johnson says between 10 and 12 trains are stopped but all are at stations either east or west of Norwalk.

This story has been updated.