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Emergency First Responders Exposed to Potentially Toxic Substance at Accident Scene

May 23, 2022

According to an online news report published on, seven emergency first responders responded to an accident in northern Georgia.* While at the scene of the accident, the first responders were exposed to an unknown toxic substance that caused them to be hospitalized. At this time, law enforcement authorities do not know what the toxic substance was that caused the rescue crew to become severely sick. 

The news report states that the Gilmer County fire rescue units responded to a single motor vehicle crash last Thursday night. As the emergency responders arrived at the accident scene, they discovered a pickup truck had struck a tree. Emergency first responders treated two individuals who were riding in the pickup truck. The accident victims had sustained serious accident-related injuries.

The news report also states that two Gilmore County Sheriff's deputies, along with five emergency medical service crewmembers, sustained exposure to an unknown controlled substance that was inside the pickup truck. The five EMS workers, along with the two Sheriff's deputies, were transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment. Fortunately, all of the individuals who were hospitalized have now been released. The incident is now currently under investigation by local law enforcement officers. No further details about the accident or the toxic exposure have been released at this time.

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