Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Man crashes vehicle into CT hospital ER, sets himself on fire

Man crashes vehicle into CT hospital ER, sets himself on fire

A man with a history of violent behavior intentionally crashed a vehicle filled with gasoline containers into a CT hospital emergency room yesterday and then set himself on fire, authorities said. O'Brien shows the immediate aftermath of the crash.

Officials said the man is known to Middletown police, but wouldn't yet say how. According to authorities, Ellam intentionally lit himself on fire at the scene of the accident.

Ellam was subsequently transported via Life Star helicopter to the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital.

The emergency room and nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution was the search continues, Drew said.

Middlesex Hospital issued an alert on its website February 23 indicating the ER will remain closed and all nonemergency surgeries scheduled for February 23 will be canceled.

However, he did say he doesn't believe there is an active threat to the community, and that authorities believe it is an isolated incident.

Municipal, state and federal bomb squads checked the hospital and the suspect's residence, Police Chief William McKenna said. His previous convictions include driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and assault. Additional police officers were also dispatched to schools in Middletown as a matter of precaution.

Though no other injuries have been reported, anyone concerned about a loved one in the hospital can call (860) 358-6000 for information. However, their Westbrook and Marlborough facilities remain open.

"I was supposed to start my volunteering shift in the emergency room about 30 minutes after the incident", Solomon said.

Authorities have identified the driver who they say intentionally crashed his vehicle carrying containers of flammable liquid into a CT hospital and set himself on fire.

Middlesex evacuated its emergency department, which is closed until further notice, according to Vice President of Operations David Giuffrida. The hospital said it is not allowing visitors, except for special circumstances.

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