Several first-responders have been sickened in San Francisco whereas trying to assist a motorist who passed out on the enduring Golden Gate Bridge, authorities mentioned Monday.
The incident unfolded at about 11:45 a.m PT on Sunday with studies of an impaired driver stopped in northbound lanes of the well-known span of U.S. Highway 101 that connects San Francisco to Marin County, the California Highway Patrol mentioned.
The responding officers smelled “what we believe is fentanyl,” CHP Officer Andrew Barclay informed NBC News, and the motive force was instantly handled with the narcotic overdose spray Narcan “to bring him back.” Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that may be deadly even in small doses.
A short while later, the CHP officer who entered Shaw’s automotive to flip off the ignition turned violently ailing, fell to floor and “began convulsing and vomiting,” in accordance to Barclay.
That officer was additionally given Narcan and Barclay mentioned that remedy “likely saved his life.”
Later, a tow trucker driver, three extra CHP officers and a Golden Gate Bridge patrol officer additionally fell ailing and have been handled at a hospital on Sunday, officers mentioned.
All of these first responders had been released from the hospital by Sunday night, authorities mentioned.
A hazmat workforce from the Mill Valley Fire Department decontaminated the automotive and several other CHP cruisers that had responded.
“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,” mentioned Mill Valley Fire Chief Scott Barnes informed NBC Bay Area. “We have to wear proper equipment, otherwise we become the victim.”
The 32-year-old man within the automotive was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI earlier than his launch Sunday night time, in accordance to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office and CHP.