7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Information
Secretary-Treasurer
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

FBI questions man on train after scare

(The Associated Press circulated the following article on June 8.)

RICHMOND, Calif. -- FBI agents and police evacuated an Amtrak train, seized a passenger and X-rayed his packages Wednesday after he angrily warned the train was going to "fall into the sea," authorities said. The packages were found to contain personal items and a laptop computer.

The man, described as Middle Eastern and in his mid-30s, was taken into custody for a 72-hour psychiatric examination, authorities said.

Business and homes in the area were evacuated after an X-ray initially suggested that the computer might have been a bomb, police Lt. Mark Gagan said.

"We take these situations at their face value that they could be potentially dangerous because we have a refinery and other major infrastructure facilities here in the city," Gagan said.

About 240 passengers were evacuated from the five-car Capital Corridor Train, said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham. The train remained at the Richmond station for more than four hours while investigators searched the cars, preventing eight other trains from passing through. The train was finally released around midday.

The incident began at about 8 a.m. when the man was approached by an Amtrak ticket taker and apparently became agitated after being told he had missed his stop, Gagan said.

The man said "the train was going to fall into the sea and the train was going to disappear," according to Gagan.

Thursday, June 9, 2005

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2021 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

STB determines CP may seek certain KCS materials
Class I workforce rose slightly in June from May’s level
NLRB finds Amazon interfered with Bessemer union drive, recommends new election
At KCS, a fight for shareholder approval
Acts of domestic terrorism targeting railroads a concern for law enforcement in Washington
California expects to compete for billions in high-speed rail funding
NTSB investigating MBTA light rail collision
Amtrak Cascades’ 30-year-old fleet to be replaced by 2025
South Carolina drivers frustrated by trains blocking intersections, outdated laws making enforcement nearly impossible
Q&A: RRB financial reports
Unemployment and Sickness Benefit flexibilities under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) during the COVID-19 virus outbreak
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines