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Driver crashes vehicle into hospital before set self on fire

Steven Ellam Steven Ellam
Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 05:03

A man with a history of violent behavior intentionally crashed a vehicle filled with gasoline containers into a CT hospital emergency room on Thursday and then set himself on fire, authorities said.

WTNH reported the man crashed his Chevrolet into the Crescent Street facility's emergency room entrance shortly before 10 a.m. Witnesses at the scene said he then set himself on fire.

Ellam's motive was unclear at first, but Middletown Mayor Dan Drew has stated that he believes it was an isolated incident.

A 27-year-old man is suspected of crashing his vehicle into a hospital in CT and then setting himself on fire with the cans of gasoline in his back seat.

The driver's home, also located in Middletown, was being searched and nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, said authorities. Furthermore, he said that the hospital will "be a crime scene for quite some time".

'The bomb squads were there.

The hospital said on their website that all patients and staff at Middlesex Hospital all accounted for and safe.

"We put the TV on and saw the accident at the hospital and then saw your auto drive by and said that's Carlos' house".

The suspect has always been known to local authorities, with a criminal record going back several years.

Mills added that the man was "on fire, screaming for mercy and he just kept screaming and screaming and some guys ran up to him, threw something on him, put him on the gurney".

On Thursday evening, the state's Department of Public Health said it will deploy part of its field hospital to Middlesex to assist while the emergency department is closed. "I was in my room".