AUBURN (CBS13) — A deadly hazardous materials incident closed down the Foresthill Bridge near Auburn for several hours Thursday afternoon.
The bridge began reopening shortly after 5 p.m. A chemical was found inside a vehicle that was parked near the bridge, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.READ MORE: 'Test to Treat' Available in San Joaquin County, In Time For Holiday Weekend
Deputies found a warning letter on the car but are not disclosing the details if it. Hazmat crews later found two chemicals mixed together to make hydrogen sulfide in the car.
Additionally, Placer County firefighters broke the window to find a person dead inside.
“In smaller doses, that gas can be a throat irritant, coughing, nausea, vomiting, headaches, but at high concentrations and since the vehicle was closed, it can cause death,” said Battalion Chief Matthew Rea of the Placer County Fire Department.
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“We basically used other chemicals to make it into a solid to make into a neutral base so it is not a hazardous,” Rea said. “Once we have one step completed, we decontaminate the firefighters, almost like a blow up kids pool that you stand in and you scrub and clean so everything takes a long time.”
The chemical found in a vehicle near the Foresthill Bridge in Auburn has been determined to be Hydrogen Sulfide. The vehicle is now decontaminated as have all the equipment and crews responding to the incident. Resources will remain on scene for another hour. pic.twitter.com/dXoTq1Wfhc
— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) January 28, 2022
Both directions on the bridge were closed.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CBS13 Thursday afternoon that a deputy initially located and approached the vehicle and found the note on it. That deputy reportedly had a reaction to what was inside the vehicle.
The deputy was taken to the hospital. The sheriff’s office said the deputy has been treated and was alert and talking.MORE NEWS: Highway 12 Fully Reopens Near Rio Vista After Major Crash
Further details on the person found dead were not released. However, authorities said this is not a criminal investigation.