Police investigate suspicious device on I-75

A suspicious device was found on I-75 near I-280, shutting down the area for several hours.

Toledo Police are investigating the suspicious package that brought a bomb squad to I-75. All lanes of the interstate were shut down Monday morning near the intersection with I-280.

The device was found during a routine litter clean up by Ohioâ??s Department of Transportation.

â??When one of our employees came upon it he immediately recognized it as being suspicious and reported it,â?? ODOT spokesperson Theresa Pollick said.

Around noon, the bomb squad deemed the area safe.

Toledo resident Linda Madrigal had already given up on her grocery trip.

â??I had to go south and then come back around and by that time, I said, â??You know what? Itâ??s just too much traffic,â??â?? Madrigal said. â??It was horrendous.â??

Madrigal was unsure what was causing the congestion. When she learned it was a bomb squad investigation, she said it was worth the wait.

â??Iâ??m glad the cops are doing their job and hopefully it got taken care of,â?? Madrigal said.

Sgt. Joe Heffernan of the Toledo Police Department said itâ??s unclear exactly what the device is or if it was dangerous.

â??Unfortunately, in todayâ??s world, we have to be conscious of people trying to do harm to others,â?? Sgt. Heffernan said.

ODOT officials say employees are trained to report suspicious items on the side of the road.