(Samantha Ashley)

A major incident involving a hazmat team is currently unfolding at Victoria General Hospital this afternoon.

The incident started just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 21st at the back of the hospital.

According to reports, a recycling truck driver was in the process of crushing items from the hospital when they passed out at the wheel.

Photos from the scene show a large emergency presence, including West Shore RCMP, a hazmat team and fire crews.

While unconfirmed, at the time of the incident, there were reports of it being a chemical leak. Witnesses in the area say the driver of the truck remained in the vehicle for some time.

It was later confirmed a substance was released when the material was being compacted. There were two people in the truck the recycling truck. They were treated in the Victoria General Hospital emergency department.

Hazmat crews confirmed the chemical was a cleaning product and the container, which wasn’t fully empty, combusted.

Victoria Buzz has reached out to both RCMP and Island Health for details.

More to come.

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