Man intentionally drives auto into hospital, sets himself on fire

25 February, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • A car crashed into the emergency room entrance of Middlesex Hospital Thursday

On Thursday morning, a 27-year-old Middletown man intentionally crashed the vehicle he was driving through the sliding doors and into the vestibule, before setting himself on fire.

Police said Steven Ellam, 27, crashed his Chevrolet Cobalt through the hospital's ER doors around 10 a.m. February 22 and proceeded to douse himself in liquid and set himself on fire. In the clip, the vehicle can be seen wedged in the entrance of the ward at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown. The motorist was taken by Lifestar helicopter to Bridgeport Hospital's burn unit.

Police are also searching the man's home and as a precautionary measure, have evacuated nearby homes. "We evacuated patients from our ED to other parts of the hospital and they're all being attended to", Giuffrida said.

David Giuffrida, Vice President of Operations at Middlesex Hospital, says that there were 30 patients and 20 staff members in the Emergency Department at the time of the incident and that they were evacuated to other areas of the hospital where they are safe.

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Hospital officials said the building sustained some damage, but that it wasn't significant.

When asked whether the incident is being investigating as a possible act of terrorism, Drew said officials are not speculating what the man's motives may have been. Additional police officers were also dispatched to schools in Middletown as a matter of precaution.

Middletown has also activated their Emergency Operations Center as this investigation unfolds.

She said on Friday that patients who visit the hospital's temporary emergency department space should drive to the main entrance of the hospital and look for a security officer who is supposed to direct them to where they need to go. Our Marlborough facility and our Westbrook facility are still open for business. The incident remains under investigation.

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Still, anyone who needs immediate attention should call 911, and an ambulance will bring them to the nearest emergency department.

Middlesex Hospital is creeping back toward full service.

Fortunately, none of the medical staff and patients has not suffered.

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