Suspicious packages temporarily shut down FrontRunner

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FARMINGTON — Three suspicious packages on FrontRunner trains in Provo and Farmington temporarily shut down the commuter rail system Saturday.

One of the packages was discovered by a Utah Transit Authority cleaning crew at the Provo station and was removed to the platform. A second was discovered on a train inbound to the Provo station and it was also removed, said UTA spokesman Carl Arky.

Meanwhile, a third suspicious package was discovered on a train that arrived at the Farmington station. A bomb squad and bomb-sniffing dog responded after the package was moved onto a train platform.

Officers determined the packages were not a threat to the public and they are reviewing video to identify the person or persons who placed the packages on the trains, he said.

Each of the packages was discovered between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Arky said.

Bus bridges were assembled between the American Fork and Provo stations and the Woods Cross and Farmington stations but normal operation of the commuter trains resumed after police operations ended around 5 p.m., he said.

Arky said UTA train hosts and cleaning crews planned to increase inspections of the trains.

"They're going to be sweeping every train, every hour for the rest of the weekend," Arky said.


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Dennis Romboy is an editor and reporter for the Deseret News. He has covered a variety of beats over the years, including state and local government, social issues and courts. A Utah native, Romboy earned a degree in journalism from the University of Utah. He enjoys cycling, snowboarding and running.
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