Temple Police Investigate Possible Hazardous Material at Scott & White Emergency Room
UPDATE: Shortly after 1 PM, Temple PD spokesperson Ellen Morton said the scene had been cleared and the hazardous material was being transported to a Department of Public Safety lab in Waco for analysis.
Morton did not identify the material, and said the investigation is still active pending test results.
Temple police called a hazmat team to Baylor Scott & White Hospital's emergency room parking lot Wednesday morning after discovering possible hazardous material inside a vehicle.
According to a news release from Temple PD spokesperson Ellen Morton, the department received a call from the Scott & White security team at 8:13 AM. Officers arrived at 8:24 AM and were directed to a gray BMW X3 SUV that may contain an unidentified hazardous material.
Morton wrote that there is no perceived threat to the public, and a Department of Public Safety hazardous materials disposal team has been called to the scene. Temple Fire & Rescue personnel were also at the scene, according to Morton's release.
A photo from the parking lot showed an area closed off by yellow crime scene tape and a police cruiser.
The ER was still admitting and treating patients.