SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Seven people, including four California Highway Patrol officers, were hospitalized Sunday following apparent exposure to fentanyl present at the scene of a solo-vehicle accident at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the crashed car, a tow-truck driver and a bridge patrol officer were also taken to area hospitals for suspected exposure to the opioid, KRON reported.
In the process of moving the injured driver’s vehicle clear of the crash scene, two California Highway Patrol officers and the tow-truck driver became incapacitated due to suspected fentanyl exposure, the TV station reported. The other victims began exhibiting potential exposure symptoms shortly thereafter.
“Fentanyl is a chemical that is extremely deadly,” Andrew Barclay with the California Highway Patrol told KTVU. “It only takes a very, very small dose to kill an adult human, so this is something we have to take very seriously.”
By Monday, all seven victims except the driver of the crashed car, who had been unresponsive when authorities responded to the scene, had been released from the hospital, KRON reported.