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Suspicious package creates traffic headache on Chicago’s Northwest side

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Traffic became a nightmare for commuters on the northwest side of Chicago yesterday when reports of a suspicious package snarled things on the Chicago Transit Authorities’ Blue Line. The report came in during the height of the evening rush hour on the main line between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport.

Service was suspended for much of the evening and into the night on the CTA’s Blue Line between Jefferson Park and California stations. Police were called and, eventually, the Chicago Police Department’s bomb squad was called to investigate a mysterious package.

Suitcase left behind

The suspicious item was evidently a suitcase with wires sticking out of it. It was left behind on a platform of Chicago’s famous El-tracks. The suitcase was found at the bottom of an escalator at the Addison station house.

The report and the investigation ended up closing the Kennedy Expressway which runs parallel to the Blue Line tracks. The Kennedy is one of the largest expressways in the Chicago area and connects the northwest side of the city and suburbs to the downtown area. According to witnesses the Kennedy became “like a parking lot.”

Police say they found nothing harmful in the suitcase. There are no suspects as to who left the strange package at the station. Eventually the transit line and the expressway was re-opened. The Kennedy was reopened at about 8 p.m. The Blue Line was reopened at about 8:30 p.m.

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