Officials give press conference after vehicle crashes into ER at Middlesex Hospital

23 February, 2018, 05:07 | Author: Kim Reid
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Steven Ellam, 27, is alleged to have rammed his auto right into Middlesex Hospital on Thursday morning, just before 10 a.m., with the suspect setting himself on fire as soon as he stepped out of the vehicle.

A man purposefully drove into Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, according to reports. Officials said he has been known to police for several years.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew told WFSB the crash was intentional and that there were gas cans in the auto. The Middletown Press has previously reported on several of Ellam's prior arrests.

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

"In view of witnesses' announcements, we trust he at that point set himself fire", Drew said.

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. "I said, that guy's on fire", Mills told WFSB.

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Police also evacuated an area around the emergency department, which remained closed Thursday evening. All appointments and non-emergency surgery scheduled for Thursday and Friday had been canceled as had most visitations.

"We evacuated patients from our [emergency department] to other portions of our hospital where they will be attended to", Giuffrida said.

All hospital patients are safe, he said.

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"The Hartford HealthCare Emergency Operations Center is monitoring the situation and as a precaution is increasing security at its emergency departments and other locations", the health system said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

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