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Orange Line train taken out of service after passenger reportedly licked it

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

An Orange Line train was taken out of service in Chinatown Friday after a passenger allegedly licked the train, the MBTA said.

A passenger told an MBTA employee about the incident around 11 a.m., said Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesman.

The southbound train was taken out of service at the Tufts Medical Center station “out of an abundance of caution,” Pesaturo said in an e-mail.

MBTA Transit Police were notified of the incident, Pesaturo said.

Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said the passenger exited the train and vacated the station prior to the arrival officers.

“An area search was conducted to no avail,” Sullivan said in an e-mail. “The train car was pulled from service and received an extensive cleaning.”

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Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.