MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTIC Radio) – A car slammed into Middlesex Hospital in Middletown Thursday morning, in what city officials say was an intentional act.

The vehicle went through the doors to the emergency department at the hospital around 10 a.m.

Officials say the driver, 27-year-old Steven Ellam, then doused himself with a flammable liquid and set himself on fire. There were multiple gasoline cans found in the vehicle, said officials.

Authorities would not discuss a possible motive during two press conferences held at Middletown City Hall.

Ellam was air lifted to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital.

A Middlesex Hospital security guard was treated for smoke inhalation, after helping to get people to safety.

The driver’s home, also located in Middletown, was being searched and nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution, said authorities.

There were approximately 30 patients and 20 staff in the emergency department at the time of the crash, said a hospital official.

All hospital patients are safe, he said. All outpatient services at Middlesex Hospital have been suspended, and the emergency department is closed until further notice.

 

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