3 Sickened At New Jersey Supermarket
By Steve Beck
EWING, N.J. (CBS) – Hazmat crews are currently at a New Jersey supermarket where three people fell ill Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened at the ShopRite Supermarket located on N. Olden Avenue in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
Investigators say police received a call at about 12:50 p.m. for the report of a 25-year-old female who had passed out inside the store. When police arrived, a 24-year-old male said he felt nauseous and another ambulance was called to the scene.
Police say that LifeCom said they received a call around 10:18 a.m. of a 70-year-old female who was complaining of being dizzy.
The Fire Department’s reading came back up negative, so the Trenton hazmat unit was called to the store as a precaution due to the number of sicknesses. The store was evacuated so hazmat crews could take air readings and store management said the heating system in the ShopRite was worked on during the morning on Wednesday.
The hazmat team deemed the store safe after checking the system and taking air readings and the store was reopened at 2:41 p.m.
The 24 and 25-year-old were taken to the hospital to be looked at, the elderly woman declined treatment.
On Wednesday afternoon, ShopRite spokesperson Elisabeth Loeb released a statement that reads:
“Earlier today, several people became ill in seemingly unrelated incidents at the ShopRite store at N. Olden Avenue in Ewing. Out of concern for their well-being, store associates sought medical assistance for these people. Local and state authorities evacuated the store and investigated, but found no apparent cause. The store has since reopened. We will work with state and local agencies as they continue to investigate this matter to ensure the safety of our customers and associates.”