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Frightening incident closes California’s highest bridge

Frightening incident closes California’s highest bridge

What seemed to be an abandoned car at California’s highest bridge touched off a frightening situation that ended with a sheriff’s deputy in the hospital and the road closed for hours.

As he approached the car near the Foresthill Bridge shortly after noon Thursday, the deputy noticed a note on its windshield — and then he began having chest pains.

“Do not go anywhere near that vehicle,” he is heard saying in radio traffic from the scene, as obtained by TV station KOVR.

Placer County sheriff’s officials did not release the details of the note, but it apparently warned of a hazardous substance inside the car.

Hazardous-materials crews from several fire departments came to the bridge, and a window in the car was broken. Inside, a person was found dead.

The car had been filled with hydrogen sulfide gas, created by the mixing of two chemicals, CalFire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer unit said.

The gas, characterized by a rotten-egg smell, in low concentrations causes irritation of eyes and throat, difficulty breathing, headache, dizziness and nausea. At high concentrations it can be lethal.

Foresthill Road was closed for about five hours as the car and then the crews were decontaminated.

The deputy who had first approached the scene was taken to the hospital as a precaution but suffered no further ill effects.

The sheriff’s office gave no information about the person found dead in the car.

Foresthill Bridge, which crosses the North Fork of the American River a mile east of Interstate 80 near Auburn, is the state’s highest bridge, its deck 730 feet above the ground. Because of suicides by jumping, its railings were raised about 10 years ago and there are signs for a suicide hotline along the span.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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