WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We're learning more about some 911 calls made before a truck crashed into New Hanover Regional Medical Center this morning. WWAY has obtained recordings of calls to the New Hanover County 911 Center just before the crash.
A little before 6:30 a.m., the 911 Center received a call from a man who identified himself as Jeffrey Elliott. He told the operator, "I would like to leave a suicide note. I'm about to drive my truck through a building."
The caller said he was driving 80 up Market Street as he told the operator, "I keep losing my family and jobs and stuff, so I might as well go ahead and end it. I need someone to write it down, so that's what I'm about to do."
The caller went on to tell the operator that he felt that there was no hope for him. When she asked if he felt violent, he answered, "Yeah. I'm about to do it now," and then hung up.
A clerk at the Motel 6 on Market Street called 911 moments later and said that the man had used her phone to place the call. She told the operator that the man left and then came back and asked her to call 911 to tell operators he planned to drive into the hospital and to get people out of the emergency room.
A New Hanover Regional Medical Center spokeswoman says at 6:24 a.m. Friday a New Hanover County 911 dispatcher called the hospital's special police to notify officers about the calls. As the officer hung up, a white work truck drove into the doors to the lobby of the hospital Intensive Care Units on S. 17th Street.
The accident did not stop patients and visitors from coming and going to the hospital. Hospital officials say this is the first time something like this has happened.
"The vehicle went through the doors and is sitting just inside the lobby area, and so there's some area damage around there," said Martha Harlan, NHRMC's PR and Marketing Director. "There's no structural damage to the building but there is some pretty severe damage to the entrance."
No patients or workers at the hospital were hurt. The driver was taken to the emergency room for treatment.
A hospital spokeswoman says NHRMC's special police continue to investigate. She also said the driver is still being treated at the hospital. His name and condition are not available at this time because of privacy laws.