Medical waste spilled onto streets of Northampton

Medical waste found in four different locations

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Medical waste, including bloody gauze, rubber gloves, and hospital gowns spilled onto multiple Northampton roadways early Wednesday morning, following a pickup at a nearby hospital, police say.

Northampton Police Capt. Jody Kasper says that the waste, which was found on Route 5, Main Street, and Bridge Street, has since been cleaned up.

Kasper told 22News that around 12:15 A.M., officers received a report of trash in the roadway in the area of Mt. Tom Road (Route 5). Kasper says police found trash in the roadway in the area of the dike, and more trash about a quarter of a mile away near Atwood Drive.

She says that the officers determined it was medical waste, and called the Northampton Fire Department. Firefighters found that the scope of the mess exceeded their cleanup capacity, so they called the state Department of Public Works. Meanwhile, dispatch called Cooley Dickinson Hospital, which confirmed that they had a medical waste pickup shortly before midnight. The hospital contacted their hauler, which in turn called a contractor to clean up the mess.

Meanwhile, police found additional waste spilled near the corner of Main Street and Strong Avenue, as well as on Bridge Street.

Around 3:00 A.M., Kasper says the contracted crew began arriving to clean up the waste. She said that due to the low volume of traffic at the time, police did not need to close the roadways.

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