City Officials: Car Crash Into Hospital Was Intentional

Car crashes into Connecticut hospital, catches fire

A vehicle crashed into the emergency room at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, this morning.

Authorities say the driver is a man in his 20s who is known to Middletown police.

Police said no threat was made to the hospital before this incident.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said multiple gas cans were found inside the vehicle. It happened around 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Drew said the act was intentional, but he would not speculate on the motive.

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.

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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. "I said, 'that guy's on fire'".

Middlesex evacuated its emergency department, which is closed until further notice, according to Vice President of Operations David Giuffrida.

Though no other injuries have been reported, anyone concerned about a loved one in the hospital can call (860) 358-6000 for information.

Hartford Healthcare Officials said this is being done as a precaution at all six of their hospitals, but they do not believe there is any imminent threat at this time.

"We evacuated patients from our [emergency department] to other portions of our hospital where they will be attended to", Giuffrida said.

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

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