A CT man who crashed his auto into a hospital emergency room and then set himself on fire on Thursday recorded the entire incident on Facebook Live. O'Brien shows the immediate aftermath of the crash. A fire crew then arrives at the scene and tried to extinguish the fire.
The suspect was known to police, according to Drew. Police say he was on fire when he exited the vehicle after crashing it through the walk-in doors of the Middlesex Hospital emergency department at about 10 a.m.
Vice President of Operations for Middlesex Hospital David Giuffrida has stated that Ellam has no known connections with the hospital.
Police cordoned off Ellam's residence in Middletown as part of the investigation and homes in that area were evacuated.
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew says the driver had multiple gasoline containers in the vehicle when he crashed through an entrance to Middlesex Hospital Thursday morning. His previous convictions include driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and assault.
Though no other injuries have been reported, anyone concerned about a loved one in the hospital can call (860) 358-6000 for information. In 2013, a jury found him guilty of attempted strangulation. Our Marlborough facility and our Westbrook facility are still open for business.
This morning a auto crashed into the entrance of the Emergency Department (ED) at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. "All outpatient services at the hospital have been suspended until further notice".
Eli Solomon '20 was among several hospital volunteers who were ordered to evacuate the premises after the incident.
"I don't like giving negativity power, so I just thought, 'What?'" she said. "I rode my bike down to the hospital and it was surrounded by police and fire department officials...." He said no threat was made to the hospital ahead of the incident.