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2 St. Louis officers taken to hospital after possible hazmat situation at gas station

The department's Real Time Crime Center said the officers were taken to an area hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance.

ST. LOUIS — Two police officers were transported to a hospital for treatment after responding to a possible hazmat situation at a St. Louis gas station, a department spokesperson said Wednesday night.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident happened at a QuikTrip at the intersection of South Vandeventer and Chouteau avenues Wednesday evening.

Just before 8 p.m., officers who were in the area for a disturbance detected an unidentified chemical odor coming from the women's bathroom inside the QuikTrip. 

Both officers began experiencing breathing difficulties and were taken to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Police did not provide more information about the officers' conditions.

The St. Louis Fire Department responded but was not able to detect the presence of a hazardous material at the time, police said.

Editor's note: Police originally reported one officer was involved in the incident. Police later said two officers were taken to the hospital.

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