Steven Ellam, 27, is alleged to have rammed his auto right into Middlesex Hospital on Thursday morning, just before 10 a.m., with the suspect setting himself on fire as soon as he stepped out of the vehicle. O'Brien shows the immediate aftermath of the crash. Officials said he has been known to police for several years. According to authorities, Ellam intentionally lit himself on fire at the scene of the accident. The motorist was taken by Lifestar helicopter to Bridgeport Hospital's burn unit.
The suspect has always been known to local authorities, with a criminal record going back several years.
He ran straight into the smoke filled emergency room within a minute of the crash occurring, and says emergency room staff were already in full response mode, moving the roughly 30 patients away from danger and out the back of the building. Middlesex Hospital's ED is now on diversion.
Police are also searching the man's home and as a precautionary measure, have evacuated nearby homes.
He has been convicted of driving under the influence, criminal mischief and assault.
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Falcone said that the hospital was thankful for the help it received from local community agencies and other hospitals in the state for the aid they provided. Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution. Additional police officers were also dispatched to schools in Middletown as a matter of precaution.
This morning a auto crashed into the entrance of the Emergency Department (ED) at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Our Marlborough facility and our Westbrook facility are still open for business.
Giuffrida announced that all of Friday's non-emergency surgeries will be cancelled and a temporary ban will be placed on visitors, which will also apply to volunteers. "I said, that guy's on fire", Mills told WFSB.
"I don't like giving negativity power, so I just thought, 'What?'" she said.
Solomon does not know when he will be allowed to return, as the hospital has not announced how long their safety measures will be in place.