The driver who authorities say intentionally crashed his vehicle carrying gasoline containers into a CT hospital and set himself on fire is in critical condition.
Police, fire crews, the FBI, the State Fire Marshall, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are all on the scene at Middlesex Hospital at 28 Crescent Street, where a man crashed his Chevy into the emergency room entrance of the building, just before 10 a.m. "We trust this is a detached occurrence and nobody else was harmed". Middletown authorities have confirmed that the crash was intentional, but have yet to comment on the suspect's motives.
Investigators reportedly searched Mr. Ellam's home and vehicle for evidence, and discovered cans with flammable liquid in his auto, which officials believed to be gasoline.
The crisis room and adjacent structures were emptied as a safeguard was the inquiry proceeds with, Drew said.
The hospital is in "emergency operations mode", hospital officials said.
The fire department was called to the scene to put out the flames, WTNH reported.
Middlesex Hospital has suspended all outpatient services at their Middletown location for the day and the Emergency Room remains closed.
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. Officials would not say what his condition was Thursday afternoon.More news: Students Stage Walkout Demanding Action From Congress On Gun Violence
Authorities say the driver is a man in his 20s who is known to Middletown police.
Police cordoned off Ellam's residence in Middletown as part of the investigation and homes in that area were evacuated.
About 30 patients and 20 staff members were evacuated from the emergency department after the crash, which happened at the walk-in entrance. Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.
MidState Medical Center, both campuses of The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Hartford Hospital are accepting diverted patients.
The center, an around-the-clock operation 17 miles from Middletown near the base of Cedar Mountain in Newington, tracks the number of open beds in different departments at each of the five hospitals in Hartford HealthCare's network.
Mayor Drew says they believe there is no threat to the community, and they believe it is an isolated incident.
Safety is the first of our core values.
All patients and staff at Middlesex Hospital are safe and accounted for.