At least seven people are in the hospital, including six law enforcement officers, after coming into contact with a drug or chemical at the scene of a collision on the Golden Gate Bridge Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The hazmat incident began after an erratic driver nearly crashed into the center divider and then collided with a toll booth, said a California Highway Patrol spokesperson.

Officers responded to the call around 11:45 a.m. where one
of them entered the vehicle in an attempt to treat the driver, who was
unconscious, and to move the vehicle out of traffic.

The officers administered Narcan to the driver and he became
conscious, a fire official said.

Moments later, the officer became violently ill and unresponsive,
authorities confirmed. Other officers on the scene also began to experience

The Southern Marin Fire Department’s Hazmat team arrived and ran a test in the vehicle where they determined a substance was present.

It has not yet been determined what the chemical or drug was, although authorities did confirm that it was not Fentanyl.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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