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Police: Backpack on subway platform had umbrella, thermos

July 26, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a backpack left on a New York City subway platform before a man jumped in front of a train turned out to contain an umbrella and a thermos.

The unidentified man jumped in front of a Manhattan-bound A train at the 80th Street station in Queens at about 6:45 a.m. Friday. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Bystanders told police the man had left a backpack on the platform before he jumped. Subway service in the area was suspended while the bomb squad investigated the backpack as a possible explosive device.

A police spokesman says the investigators determined that the “device” was an umbrella and a thermos.

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