Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Man crashes auto into hospital before setting himself on fire

Man crashes auto into hospital before setting himself on fire

A Connecticut man has been arrested and accused of crashing his auto into a hospital before setting himself on fire, as reported by NBC Connecticut.

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, a man crashed a silver sedan into the emergency room entrance of Middletown's Middlesex Hospital.

Chief William McKenna said state police, Hartford and Federal Bureau of Investigation bomb squads are on the scene at Middlesex Hospital and at the driver's home.

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

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said multiple gas cans were found inside the vehicle. "All outpatient services at the hospital have been suspended until further notice". Officials said he has been known to police for several years.

Jersey barriers were seen being set up outside the emergency department at MidState Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.

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Solomon does not know when he will be allowed to return, as the hospital has not announced how long their safety measures will be in place. I said 'something is happening over there.' My sister got up.

"Safety is the first of our core values".

The hospital said about 30 patients and 20 staff members were in the emergency room area at the time of the crash.

Officials at St. Francis Hospital told Channel 3 they already have barriers outside their emergency department, but will be stepping up their security efforts. There were no injuries.

Stay updated with Eyewitness News as more information becomes available.

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