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Medical Center on lockdown in wake of bomb threat

by By The Indiana Gazette on August 23, 2013 10:55 PM

Indiana Regional Medical Center was placed on lockdown this evening after a telephone caller warned of a bomb at the facility, a hospital spokesman said.

State police responded and took control of the entrances and exits at IRMC. The caller made the threat at 5:30 p.m., said spokesman Mark Richards.

Over the course of the evening, police escorted all visitors from the building and turned away others as they arrived.

Hospital workers arriving to work overnight shifts have been securely admitted to the building.

"They’re escorting employees in and out at shift change,” according to Richards.

Patients with life-threatening conditions are being admitted to the Emergency Department, but others with conditions that are not serious are being urged to visit the hospital after the situation has ended or to seek treatment at another facility, Richards said.

“Our patients are being cared for in the hospital.” Richards said. “No one is in danger in the hospital – everyone’s safe.”

Indiana Borough police and Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus police have joined state police in securing the main entrance and the emergency room.

No timeline has been given for when the hospital will be declared safe and for the resumption of normal operations.

“We’re basically under their protocol right now. They are in charge.”

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