A man crashed a auto carrying gasoline cans into the entrance of a hospital emergency ward in Middletown, Connecticut, on Thursday, February 22. O'Brien shows the immediate aftermath of the crash. Hospital officials were able to extinguish the flames and transported Mr. Ellam to the burn center at Bridgeport (Conn.) Hospital by helicopter. According to authorities, Ellam intentionally lit himself on fire at the scene of the accident.
According to various reports, Ellam has an extensive criminal history in CT, having been convicted of driving under the influence, criminal mischief and assault.
On Friday, a day after a man drove into the emergency department at Middlesex Hospital, officials said they opened a temporary space for emergency room patients.
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A bomb squad was also dispatched to Ellam's home at 66 Milardo Ln., which was searched by the squad and two bomb-sniffing dogs.
Mayor Drew said they believe there is no threat to the community, and they believe it is an isolated incident. His previous convictions include driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and assault.
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The video continues and minutes later, the auto crashes into the emergency department. In 2013 he was also found guilty of attempting to strangle someone.
The Middletown Police Department is now cooperating with other state and federal authorities, including the FBI's New Haven Division, lead by Special Agent in Charge Patricia Ferrick.
Though no other injuries have been reported, anyone concerned about a loved one in the hospital can call (860) 358-6000 for information.
"I was supposed to start my volunteering shift in the emergency room about 30 minutes after the incident", Solomon said.
Gary Mills, who lives across the street from the hospital, said he saw it all happen and spoke to reporters afterwards. I said 'something is happening over there.' My sister got up. The hospital said it is not allowing visitors, except for special circumstances.