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Bus cleared on I-94 after bomb comment

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Pierce County Herald
Bus cleared on I-94 after bomb comment
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

WOODBURY -- Bus passengers were back on their way to Chicago around 2 p.m. Thursday, about a half-hour after a bomb scare led to a temporary evacuation of the vehicle.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said the bus was stopped by its driver on Interstate 94 in Woodbury after learning of a passenger's comments about a bomb.

The passenger, described only as a man, made reference to a bomb to passengers and the driver, Roeske said, adding that no specific threat was made.

"No one said, 'I'm going to blow up a bus,' " Roeske said.

The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. and drew eastbound I-94 traffic to a halt while troopers investigated the scene.

The man was taken into custody without incident before being transported to Regions Hospital. Roeske did not elaborate on the man's medical condition.

The other passengers were temporarily placed in an MTC bus until the situation was cleared. Roeske said a police dog detected no signs of explosives.

Passengers were seen re-boarding the bus just after 2 p.m. The bus returned to the road shortly thereafter.

Roeske said reports will be filed with the Washington County Attorney's Office, where charges will be considered.

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