Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

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

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

A Driver his auto into a CT hospital and after that set himself on fire, authorities said Thursday.

The driver, Steven Ellam, 27, of Middletown, was critically burned in the crash and fire at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. According to authorities, Ellam intentionally lit himself on fire at the scene of the accident. He was taken by Life Star helicopter to the Bridgeport Hospital burn unit where he is in critical condition.

About 30 patients and 20 staff members were evacuated from the emergency department after the crash, which happened at the walk-in entrance.

Middlesex Hospital is creeping back toward full service.

As noted by the mayor of Middletown Dan drew, the incident was planned in advance.

The FBI, state police and Hartford bomb squad were also searching his home in Middletown and homes surrounding it were evacuated, the mayor said. His previous convictions include driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and assault.

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Falcone said that the hospital was thankful for the help it received from local community agencies and other hospitals in the state for the aid they provided. However, he says that police are securing other public facilities in Middletown, including schools, out of an abundance of caution.

Patients who visit the temporary space should go to the main entrance of the hospital, where a security officer will greet them. However, their Westbrook and Marlborough facilities remain open.

This as a result of heavy fire and structural damage sustained to the emergency department entrance.

Giuffrida announced that all of Friday's non-emergency surgeries will be cancelled and a temporary ban will be placed on visitors, which will also apply to volunteers. "I was in my room. I said, that guy's on fire", Mills told WFSB. "I found the volunteer coordinator and asked what was going on and she said that a vehicle had driven into the emergency room entrance and she just sent me home [because of the threat]".

This is a developing story, and it will be updated accordingly.

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