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Train station shut after apparent mercury spill

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A downtown train station was closed for more than 12 hours Saturday after a small amount of what appeared to be mercury was found on a passenger platform, authorities said

The Pershing Square station, which serves the Metro Red Line, was closed about 7 a.m. after officials responded to reports of a suspicious substance. Trains did not stop at the station while a hazmat team cleaned the spill.

Officials are investigating how the substance got into the station, said Sgt. Loy Luna of the Sheriff’s Department’s transit services bureau.


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