Man Crashes Car Into Connecticut Hospital Emergency Ward

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Police say it does not appear that he made it into the hospital's lobby, only getting as far as the sliding doors right before the seating area. In the clip, the auto can be seen wedged in the entrance of the ward at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown.

Investigators reportedly searched Mr. Ellam's home and vehicle for evidence, and discovered cans with flammable liquid in his auto, which officials believed to be gasoline. Middletown authorities have confirmed that the crash was intentional, but have yet to comment on the suspect's motives.

Police cordoned off Ellam's residence in Middletown as part of the investigation and homes in that area were evacuated.

Immediately after the crash emergency responders evacuated roughly 30 patients and 20 staff members at the emergency room.

Officials said the vehicle crashed through the hospital doors at about 10 a.m.

"At this time, we don't believe there is any threat to the community and we believe this to be an isolated incident", Drew said. However, he says that police are securing other public facilities in Middletown, including schools, out of an abundance of caution.

On Thursday, the center turned into an emergency operations center of sorts, making arrangements for Middlesex's emergency room patients within two hours of the incident and continuing to handle patients who could not be admitted at Middlesex through the night. Our Marlborough facility and our Westbrook facility are still open for business. "We do not know what this individual's motives are, and we will not speculate to his motives". The incident remains under investigation.

The fire department was called to the scene to put out the flames, WTNH reported. Middlesex Hospital's ED is now on diversion. Meriden, Conn. -based MidState Medical Center will reportedly receive ER patients at both its hospital campuses while Middlesex Hospital's ER is closed, according to the Hartford Courant.

Nearby Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hartford HealthCare increased security as a precaution.

"As always again, our first priority is to our patients, and everybody is safe and being attended to", Giuffrida said.

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