Vehicle crashes into CT hospital, catches fire

Randal Sanchez
February 25, 2018

A Middletown resident on Thursday morning crashed his vehicle into the emergency room entrance of Middlesex Hospital before exiting the auto and lighting himself on fire, authorities said. O'Brien shows the immediate aftermath of the crash.

Police are not releasing the identity of the driver but say he is a man in his twenties. A fire crew then arrives at the scene and tried to extinguish the fire.

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

According to Chief McKenna, Ellam is known to Middletown police and has an extensive criminal record dating back to 2008. Middlesex Hospital's ED is now on diversion.

The FBI, state police and Hartford bomb squad were also searching his home in Middletown and homes surrounding it were evacuated, the mayor said.

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Authorities on Thursday evacuated a cluster of homes around the suspect's residence on Milardo Lane, and Middletown also increased police presence at schools and other facilities, though Mayor Dan Drew said there's no reason to believe any other locations are in danger. His previous convictions include driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and assault.

Patients who visit the temporary space should go to the main entrance of the hospital, where a security officer will greet them. In 2013 he was also found guilty of attempting to strangle someone. However, their Westbrook and Marlborough facilities remain open.

The video continues and minutes later, the auto crashes into the emergency department. The hospital has canceled non-emergent surgeries and outpatient radiology tests that were scheduled for Friday.

Eli Solomon '20 was among several hospital volunteers who were ordered to evacuate the premises after the incident. I said 'something is happening over there.' My sister got up. "I rode my bike down to the hospital and it was surrounded by police and fire department officials...." The hospital said it is not allowing visitors, except for special circumstances.

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

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