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Man crashed car into Connecticut hospital, set himself on fire

By
Daniel Uria

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A man drove his car into a Connecticut hospital and set himself on fire Thursday, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, drove what appeared to be a Chevrolet Cobalt or Pontiac G6 into the emergency room entrance around 10 a.m. and then set himself on fire.

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About 30 patients and 20 staff members were evacuated from the emergency department following the crash. No staff or patients were reported injured.

The driver was taken to Bridgeport Hospital in critical condition with burn injuries.

A number of gas canisters were found inside the vehicle. Police also searched his home.

"As a precautionary measure, we have called in assistance from other municipal, state and federal authorities to assist us in clearing this vehicle and clearing this individual's home prior to police entering it," Drew said. "We are also evacuating the homes in the immediate vicinity around his home."

Drew said he believed the act was intentional, but didn't speculate on the motive.

"At this time we don't believe there is any threat to the community and we believe this to be an isolated incident," Drew said.

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The Emergency Department and all Outpatient Services at the hospital have been suspended until further notice.

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