Police: Backpack on subway platform had umbrella, thermos
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.