Bomb threat in Walker County leads to evacuated medical center and closed down bridges

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JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (x2): Hospital is all clear workers have returned inside

UPDATE: Seventy-six patients were evacuated after a bomb threat which came in at 8:30 this morning .

The evacuation took 15 minutes. A patient went into labor during the evacuation. She gave birth in the parking lot of the medical center.

According to Renae McKinney with Walker Baptist Medical Center, the mother and new born baby are said to doing fine.

PHOTOS: Bomb threat in Walker County 

ORIGINAL: Walker Baptist Medical Center is being evacuated due to a reported bomb threat.

Closed off bridge in Walker County (WIAT-CBS42)
Closed off bridge in Walker County (WIAT-CBS42)

In addition to the medical center, eight bridges on Highway 69 are being blocked off.

One of the bridges along Highway 69 is also suspected of having a bomb.

Officials have blocked all 8 of them to investigate further.

Fire Chief Greg Chamness says someone claims to have placed a bomb in the hospital and on one of the bridges.

Drivers in the area need to take detours.

CBS42 has a reporter on the scene, and will bring you the latest on this developing story as soon as it becomes available.

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