Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Man intentionally crashes vehicle into hospital, lights himself on fire: Cops

Man intentionally crashes vehicle into hospital, lights himself on fire: Cops

Ellam was airlifted to another hospital and, according to reports, is now in critical condition.

Mayor Drew said the act was intentional, but did not offer any speculation into what Ellam's motives might be.

A vehicle slammed into Middlesex Hospital in Middletown Thursday morning, in what city officials say was an intentional act. "One hospital security guard was transported for treatment for smoke inhalation, but other than that, no one except for the driver of the vehicle was hurt".

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.

Chief William McKenna said state police, Hartford and Federal Bureau of Investigation bomb squads are on the scene at Middlesex Hospital and at the driver's home.

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Two bomb-sniffing dogs were brought to his home with officers as they searched it. Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.

According to Chief McKenna, Ellam is known to Middletown police and has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2008. In 2013 he was also found guilty of attempting to strangle someone. The hospital has canceled non-emergent surgeries and outpatient radiology tests that were scheduled for Friday. "I said, 'that guy's on fire'". "I was in my room".

"As always again, our first priority is to our patients, and everybody is safe and being attended to", Giuffrida said.

Solomon does not know when he will be allowed to return, as the hospital has not announced how long their safety measures will be in place.

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