INDIO (CNS) – Food poisoning sent at least two dozen shuttle drivers
for the Coachella Music & Arts Festival to hospitals today.
Shortly after midnight, the Riverside County Fire Department received
several reports about sub-contracted shuttle drivers feeling ill after eating
food from a caterer unaffiliated with the festival.
Shuttle drivers reported feeling nauseous and vomiting. Riverside
County Paramedic Units shuttle buses, and American Medical Response transported
shuttle drivers to hospitals throughout the Coachella Valley.
Those who took ill are now reported to be in stable condition.
The fire department entered a Unified Command with the Indio Police
Department and Goldenvoice Productions to mitigate the incident.
“Our public safety agencies and event organizers constantly train for
incidents like this so we are prepared to respond to triage and treat
patients and transport as soon as possible,” said Division Chief Bryan White,
who acted as the incident commander.
No festival attendees reported food poisoning, according to White.
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