Man reportedly crashes vehicle into CT hospital, then sets himself on fire

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Authorities say a driver intentionally crashed into a CT hospital emergency room with his vehicle and then set himself on fire. O'Brien shows the immediate aftermath of the crash.

David Giuffrida, vice president of operations at Middletown Hospital, says it happened around 10:00 a.m. According to authorities, Ellam intentionally lit himself on fire at the scene of the accident.

The driver, identified as Steven Ellam, was taken to Bridgeport Hospital in a critical condition following the crash, NBC Connecticut reported.

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The suspect has always been known to local authorities, with a criminal record going back several years. Middlesex Hospital is not safe'.

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

A bomb squad was also dispatched to Ellam's home at 66 Milardo Ln., which was searched by the squad and two bomb-sniffing dogs. In 2013, a jury found him guilty of attempted strangulation.

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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. Middlesex's other emergency department locations in Westbrook and Marlborough are open, and patients can also receive the help they need at those locations, she said. However, he says that police are securing other public facilities in Middletown, including schools, out of an abundance of caution.

"I was supposed to start my volunteering shift in the emergency room about 30 minutes after the incident", Solomon said. "I said, that guy's on fire", Mills told WFSB. I said 'something is happening over there.' My sister got up. He said no threat was made to the hospital ahead of the incident.

Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hartford HealthCare have said they are increasing security as a precaution at emergency departments and some other locations.

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This is a developing story, and it will be updated accordingly.