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St. Mary's ER evacuated

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Albany/HV: St. Mary's ER evacuated
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The emergency room at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam was evacuated after a hazmat situation there. Erin Vannella joined us with more.

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- The emergency room at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam was closed after a hazmat situation Monday afternoon. Police say a woman walked into the ER around 2 p.m. with an unmarked vial of liquid and drank it.

St Mary's Healthcare says hazmat teams have identified the substance, but won't confirm that it was a liquid or tell us exactly what it was.

The hospital did confirm the woman who brought the substance into the ER is being treated and no other patients or visitors were injured.

Patients in the area were moved to another part of the hospital and ambulances have been diverted to other area hospitals.

"There were a number of people in the emergency department on a typical day. They were moved very quickly to other locations for treatment. I don't know if anyone was treated specifically for something related to the unspecified odor, because people were there for different reason and were moved very quickly to be treated," said Jerri Cortese, St. Mary's Healthcare Director of Community Relations.

Hazmat crews have been using fans to clear out the area.

While the ER is shut down, the rest of the hospital is operating as normal.

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