Seven people were hospitalized after they were exposed to fentanyl following a car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge. California Highway Patrol officers responded to the crash and found the driver lost control and slammed into a movable median barrier at the bridge toll plaza and was blocking traffic.
First responders tended to the driver and moved the vehicle out of the roadway. A few moments later, one of the officers started to show signs of fentanyl exposure and became incapacitated. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and can be deadly in small doses.
By the time an ambulance arrived, four people were experiencing symptoms of fentanyl exposure and were rushed to the hospital. As investigators scoured the vehicle for evidence, they found a white powdery substance, which they believed to be fentanyl. During the investigation, two more highway patrol officers and a Golden Gate Bridge Patrol officer began to feel sick and were rushed to the hospital.
All seven individuals were treated and released after their exposure to the deadly drug.
The suspect was also taken to the hospital where they were treated before being taken to San Francisco County Jail and booked on charges of DUI and possession of a controlled substance.
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