A car crash on the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday caused seven people to be hospitalized out of concerns they were exposed to fentanyl.
The collision involved a Lexus vehicle making contact with the center barrier of the iconic bridge in San Francisco before coming to a stop, California Highway Patrol said, according to NBC Bay Area.
The driver was unconscious by the time authorities arrived to his car, in which officials found what looked to be cocaine with fentanyl, which is a dangerous opioid.
“The first officer that was there that had been in the vehicle immediately began to feel ill,” Andrew Barklay of the CHP said, according to the NBC TV station.
“Based off his training he believed he may have been experiencing symptoms of Fentanyl exposure, very quickly those symptoms escalated and he became incapacitated.”
That officer was one of several officials at the scene who reportedly experienced symptoms, prompting fire authorities to administer Narcan, which is used to treat narcotic emergencies.
Earlier, paramedics had given Narcan to the driver of the Lexus.
In addition to the Lexus driver, four officers with the CHP were hospitalized, as was a tow truck driver and a patrol officer for the bridge.
“Once it’s determined that it’s a possible Fentanyl call, we have to treat it just as we do with all other infectious diseases or chemicals,” Mill Valley Fire Chief Scott Barnes said, according to NBC Bay Area.
“We have to wear proper equipment, otherwise we become the victim.”
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