OBERLIN, Ohio (WOIO) - Police in Oberlin urged residents to stay away from the Walmart and Allen Memorial Hospital while law enforcement officers investigated a hazmat situation.
A local drug task force confirmed to 19 News that the hazmat scare was triggered by a suspected fentanyl exposure.
According to Oberlin police, the first possible contamination was reported around 9 a.m. on Tuesday when police responded to a suspected overdose in the Walmart parking lot located at 46440 U.S. Route 20.
A responding Oberlin police officer and the suspect were both affected by the potential exposure. Both were unresponsive when they were rushed to an area hospital.
19 News reporter Dan DeRoos said it appeared that hazmat crews were focusing on a pickup truck parked in the Walmart lot.
In addition to the officer and suspect, five other patients were treated for symptoms consistent with an opioid exposure at Allen Memorial Hospital.
A chemical company was requested to the hospital to sanitize the emergency department before reopening for other patients.
All seven individuals who experienced symptoms are in stable condition, according to the latest update from Oberlin police.
The Lorain County Crime/Drug Lab is conducting tests on the substance to determine what it is.
Surrounding departments from Wellington and Carlisle Township are assisting at the scene.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is provided.