- VIDEO: Robot grabs suspicious object; Trooper Hank Duren and Sgt. Ted Phillips describe the incident
EUGENE, Ore. - A bomb squad responded to Highway 99 in northwest Eugene Sunday to deal with a hazardous material, forcing the closure of a major roadway for several hours.
The incident began just after 2 p.m. when a state Department of Transportation employee was headed down Airport Road and noticed a suspicious red object in the grass.
The employee called state police, who closed down the highway after checking out the device. State police Trooper Hank Duren told KVAL the object appeared to be modified so he called the bomb squad to the scene just to be safe.
The bomb squad used a robotic device to safely remove the object from the area.
Highway 99 was shut down for nearly two hours in both directions near Airport Road during the incident. The roadway was reopened about 4:30 p.m.
State police would not identify the object, but they did determine it was not a threat.