SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- Seven people, including four California Highway Patrol officers, were hospitalized Sunday afternoon after apparent exposure to the opioid fentanyl at the scene of a solo traffic accident at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza, the CHP said.
The CHP received a call at 11:45 a.m. Sunday describing a possibly impaired driver headed north toward the Golden Gate Bridge. Moments later, that driver crashed into a moveable median barrier at the toll plaza, blocking a lane there.
As San Francisco Fire Department personnel tended to the unconscious driver, a CHP officer went into the crashed car to put it into parked gear. That CHP officer, one other officer and the tow truck driver became incapacitated, apparently from fentanyl exposure, the CHP said. And during the subsequent investigation at Alexander Avenue, two more CHP officers and a Golden Gate Bridge Patrol officer began displaying symptoms of possible exposure and were transported to a local hospital for treatment and monitoring.
Due to the extreme danger of fentanyl exposure, the Alexander Avenue offramp from northbound U.S. Highway 101 were closed and the area was deemed both a crime scene and a hazardous-materials scene.