Man Drives Car Into Middlesex Hospital, Catches on Fire

A car crashed into the emergency room entrance of Middlesex Hospital Thursday

A Middletown resident on Thursday morning crashed his vehicle into the emergency room entrance of Middlesex Hospital before exiting the auto and lighting himself on fire, authorities said.

WTNH reported the man crashed his Chevrolet into the Crescent Street facility's emergency room entrance shortly before 10 a.m. Witnesses at the scene said he then set himself on fire.

A auto slammed into Middlesex Hospital in Middletown Thursday morning, in what city officials say was an intentional act.

Drew said authorities believe the crash was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to the community.

Upon arriving at the scene, the Middletown Fire Department found several gas canisters in the vehicle, the contents of which are now undergoing testing.

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Authorities evacuated homes in the neighborhood where the driver lives while searching his residence, but there was no immediate indication of a bomb at either location.

The hospital is in "emergency operations mode", hospital officials said. The bomb squad also showed up with two bomb-sniffing dogs. His previous convictions include driving under the influence, criminal mischief, and assault.

The hospital said on their website that all patients and staff at Middlesex Hospital all accounted for and safe. In 2013, a jury found him guilty of attempted strangulation. The hospital said it is not allowing visitors, except for special circumstances.

"I heard a noise", said Gary Mills, an eyewitness. We went outside and we saw all the flames and then over this side I see this guy screaming, he was screaming!

"Our emergency department is closed until further notice". DPH will be providing Middlesex Hospital with three sections of the State's mobile field hospital to serve as a temporary Emergency Department until they are back up and operational.

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