7 people hospitalized after car accident on Golden Gate Bridge possibly exposed to fentanyl

According to the statement issued, patrol officers from California Highway in Marin were called to the Iconic Suspension Bridge at 11:45 am local time. Agency. The vehicle was stopped, blocked all traffic in the lane and was out inside with the driver.

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A member of the San Francisco Fire Department responded to call the driver, and a Highway Patrol officer also entered the vehicle to check on the driver, parked the vehicle and assessed the situation, the statement Reads. The vehicle and driver were removed from the roadway, and paramedics were called.

The agency’s Marin station said that soon after leaving the roadway, the Highway Patrol officer began displaying signs of a possible fentanyl exposure and was quickly incapacitated.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent. It can cause effects including drowsiness, confusion, nausea and breathing problems. In recent years there has been a driving factor in deaths from illegally produced fantastical overdoses, and just a small dose can be fatal.
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A second highway patrol officer and a tow truck driver who reacted to the bridge incident also began exhibiting signs of fentanyl exposure. The statements stated that more Hell units as well as ambulances were immediately called to treat officers and first responders, who may have been exposed through contact with the driver and his vehicle.

Four people – two highway patrol officers, fire department personnel and the driver – were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Marin Station said, “Due to the extreme threat of fentanyl, Alexander Avenue was closed on the northbound ramp along US-101 and the area was considered a crime scene and danger scene.”

During the investigation, two more Highway Patrol officers and a Golden Gate Bridge Patrol officer began exhibiting signs of possible fentanyl exposure and were also taken to the hospital for treatment and monitoring, its statement reads.

Officer Andrew Barclay of the Maritime Office of the Hypertension Patrol said all seven people, who were released from the hospital to arrive at home, were released to evacuate.

The suspect was released from the hospital and held in the San Francisco County Jail for DUI and possession of a controlled substance, Barclay told CNN.