Authorities: Suspicious package outside WFBMC was lunch cooler


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Authorities have reopened a road outside Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after investigating a suspicious package that was found early Tuesday morning.

Authorities determined the package, which was initially described as a “small suitcase,” was actually a lunch cooler, police Capt. W.S. Weaver told FOX8’s Nicole Ferguson.

Weaver said surveillance video showed a man dropping the cooler on the ground between the MRI building and some bushes around 1:30 a.m.  Investigators have not determined who the man in the video is.

The cooler was taken to lost and found, Weaver said.

Medical Center Boulevard between Queen Street and South Hawthorne Road was closed for more than four hours after the package was first reported around 4:20 a.m.

A hospital spokesperson said the investigation prompted the evacuation of the MRI building.  An area in front of the main entrance was also closed, and van and shuttle services normally used to drop employees and patients off in front of the North Tower were temporary suspended.

Patients who had early-morning appointments scheduled in the MRI building were asked to wait in the Ardmore Cafeteria area.  Some of the patients may be required to reschedule, the spokesperson said.


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