Driver who crashed auto into hospital ID'd

Sean Reid
February 25, 2018

A deranged man plowed his vehicle into a CT hospital and then set himself on fire, officials said Thursday.

Jim Hite, Director of Protective Services and Security, says that without the quick response by staff and first responders, this could have been much worse. In the clip, the vehicle can be seen wedged in the entrance of the ward at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown.

It didn't take long to realize those in the emergency waiting room were not the only ones at risk.

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. Multiple jars of gas were found inside the man's auto, which was being sought by police. The FBI, state police and Hartford bomb squads responded to the hospital and went to the man's home on Thursday afternoon, officials said. He was reportedly at Bridgeport Hospital in critical condition.

As noted by the mayor of Middletown Dan drew, the incident was planned in advance.

Police are also searching the man's home and as a precautionary measure, have evacuated nearby homes.

Ellam has an extensive criminal history in CT that goes as far back as 2008, according to WFSB. However, he says that police are securing other public facilities in Middletown, including schools, out of an abundance of caution.

The hospital announced that as of 4 p.m., Friday, they would once again be providing emergency care, but only to walk-in patients.

Middlesex evacuated its emergency department, which is closed until further notice, according to Vice President of Operations David Giuffrida. However, their Westbrook and Marlborough facilities remain open. I said 'something is happening over there.' My sister got up.

Gary Mills, who lives across the street from the hospital, said he saw it all happen and spoke to reporters afterwards. He said no threat was made to the hospital ahead of the incident.

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