Man reportedly crashes vehicle into CT hospital, then sets himself on fire

23 February, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Natasha Holloway
  • A man is in critical condition after crashing his far into Middlesex Hospital and then setting himself on fire in Middletown Conn

Drew said a man in his 20s crashed his vehicle into the emergency room entrance and then set himself on fire at about 10 a.m. ET, WFSB reported.

Ellam had not yet been charged with a crime as of 4 p.m. Thursday.

Police said no threat was made to the hospital before this incident.

Officials said the vehicle crashed through the hospital doors at about 10 a.m.

He is now in critical condition, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew told the news station. The Middletown Press has previously reported on several of Ellam's prior arrests.

According to Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, the act was intentional and that there were gas cans in the auto.

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The hospital was placed in an "emergency operations mode", hospital officials said.

Immediately after the crash emergency responders evacuated roughly 30 patients and 20 staff members at the emergency room.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew says authorities don't know why the driver crashed into the emergency room.

The Middletown Police Department is now cooperating with other state and federal authorities, including the FBI's New Haven Division, lead by Special Agent in Charge Patricia Ferrick. Furthermore, he said that the hospital will "be a crime scene for quite some time". The hospital said it is not allowing visitors, except for special circumstances. "All outpatient services at the hospital have been suspended until further notice".

Hartford HealthCare said Hartford Hospital and MidState Medical Center, both campuses of The Hospital of Central Connecticut, are accepting diverted patients.

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