A driver intentionally crashed his car into a Connecticut hospital’s emergency room entrance Thursday morning and set himself on fire, officials said.
The unidentified man, who is said to be in his 20s, crashed his silver vehicle into the entrance of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn. around 10 a.m., destroying the entrance to the emergency room.
Witnesses told police the man then set himself on fire and gasoline cans were found inside the vehicle, AP News reported.
The man was taken to the hospital with burn injuries. He is in critical condition, officials said.
Authorities say the driver is a man in his 20s who is known to Middletown police.
A man who lives across from the hospital said he heard what sounded like an explosion and saw a man on fire come running out, screaming for help. The witness, Gary Mills, said responders put the man on a gurney.
Local authorities evacuated homes in the neighborhood where the driver lives and notified federal authorities.
Images from the scene showed a silver vehicle with smashed windshields resting inside the building and the entrance to the hospital demolished. The fire department was called to the scene to put out the flames. Smoke was seen filling into the emergency room area.
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew did not provide a possible motive in the incident. He said police believe it was an isolated incident.
The hospital said all patients and staff have been accounted for and are safe. The emergency department is closed until further notice.
Authorities said they are not aware of any recent threats to the hospital.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 22nd, 2018