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Amtrak passengers are seen after exiting a northbound train Friday morning in Lincoln.

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LINCOLN — Train traffic through Lincoln was delayed about 3½ hours Friday morning so police could investigate why a man got off a northbound Amtrak train in Springfield but left his bags on board.

Amtrak passengers were told by Lincoln police to leave the northbound St. Louis-to-Chicago train while bomb-sniffing dogs were used to determine if there was any danger, said a passenger who contacted The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. Lincoln firefighters also were at the scene as a precaution.

"As a precaution, 190 customers temporarily disembarked at Lincoln while police agencies completed their work," said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari in a statement, referring other questions to Lincoln police, who did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

Amtrak train 302 was allowed to proceed onto Chicago at 12:40 p.m. Friday, he added.

The incident also affected three other Amtrak trains, including one other northbound and two southbound trains.

"Amtrak apologizes for the delay and thanks the emergency responders," said Magliari.

During the incident, passengers lingered outside the train station waiting for word on when to get back on the train.

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