Thursday, April 05, 2007

Breaking News In Town Today...

THURSDAY APRIL 5, 2007 Last modified: Thursday, April 5, 2007 10:39 AM CDT
The Princeton Post Office was evacuated early this morning after a suspicious package was found on a delivery truck.

Breaking News...Suspicious package

PRINCETON — Two blocks of Princeton’s South Main Street were blocked off and evacuated early Thursday morning after an unknown white powdery substance was found in the back of a mail delivery truck at the Princeton Post Office.

Princeton Police Spokesman Dan Sissel said the Princeton Fire and Police Departments received the call about 5:35 a.m. after the mail truck driver found and reported the unknown powder in the back of his truck. The powder was apparently loose on the floor of the truck, Sissel said.

F.B.I. Agent Steffan Nass and Princeton Post Office representative Janet Spanos were called to the scene, as well as about 50 emergency personnel from Walnut, Wyanet, Mendota, Utica and Tiskilwa, in addition to the Princeton Fire and Police Departments. Area hazardous materials units responding to the scene included MABAS Division 25 as well as MABAS Division 57.

Princeton Fire Department Deputy Chief John Petrakis, incident commander, set up the former Bureau County Republican building, located directly north of the post office, as the command post. Several persons, who were exposed to the unknown substance, were being examined by ambulance personnel within the command post. Three persons were transferred to Perry Memorial Hospital, in Princeton, as a precautionary measure, Sissel said.

Sissel confirmed the mail truck had made earlier stops at Peru and Spring Valley.

Updates will be available throughout the day on our Web site.

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