Man Passes Out, Crashes While Driving Alone In Car After Wearing Mask For Hours
Lincoln Park, NJ – Police think a man passed out while driving because he was wearing an N95 mask and crashed his car on Thursday.
The Lincoln Park Police Department posted on Facebook that the accident may have been caused by the driver wearing the N95 mask for several hours. The police stated that the man may have passed out “due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide intake.”
Police said there was nothing uncovered at the scene that led police to believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Facebook post.
The driver was not severely injured, according to the New York Post. He was taken to a hospital.
Police said that wearing the N95 mask while driving with no other people in the vehicle is not necessary.
It’s possible that there was another medical reason that could have contributed to the driver passing out, police said.
But the Lincoln Park Police Department didn’t want to suggest that wearing an N95 mask is unsafe, according to the department's Facebook post.
The police updated their original post on Facebook after the story went viral.
“Considering the overwhelming response this post has received, the following should be said,” the police said on Facebook. “NJ residents should absolutely continue to follow the directives regarding face coverings put in place by our Governor. As it relates to this specific incident, we reiterate that police officers are not physicians and do not know the medical history of every person we encounter.”
New Jersey has been one of the hardest hit states when it comes to the coronavirus.
There have been 109,038 cases of the coronavirus as of 8 p.m. April 26. That is second most in the country behind New York.