A bomb threat written on a mailbox forced officials to close the PATCO High Speed Line's Woodcrest Station for three hours this morning, disrupting the commute for hundreds who use the stop just off I-295 in Cherry Hill.

Danelle Hunter, a PATCO spokeswoman, said passengers saw the message saying there was a bomb inside the mailbox about 7:50 a.m. and notified PATCO employees, who evacuated and closed the station.

The station reopened three hours later after police, including a bomb squad team, determined the threat was a hoax.

Trains continued to run during the incident but passengers who regularly used the station had to find other ways to work. Many drove to nearby stations, where parking lots quickly filled up on a day when PATCO had already expected additional riders because of the snow.

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