I-75 crash: Police release cruiser cam video

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Updated: Monday, May 01, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

UPDATE@4:55 p.m. (May 8):

Dayton police on Monday afternoon released cruiser cam video of the moment they arrived at the scene of the explosion in which a wrong way driver collided with a tanker truck April 30.

Motorist Andrew T. Brunsman, 30, of Centerville drive the wrong way and collided with the tanker truck, which exploded, police said. 

UPDATE @ 1:09 p.m.:

Wife of truck driver Richard Miller said he's not ready to speak publicly about the I-75 crash but their family wanted to extend their thoughts and prayers for the Brunsman family. 

"We are continuing to pray for the family that lost a loved one on Sunday," she said. "Our hearts go out to them," she said. "For whatever the reason is… that family lost a loved one. At this point we're just asking everyone to pray for them." "There's a lot of shock," she said.

Richard Miller suffered a dislocated shoulder in the accident.

UPDATE @ 12 p.m. (May 3, 2017):

The official crash report from the deadly I-75 wrong-way crash was released Wednesday. 

It confirms a vehicle driven by Andrew Brunsman of Centerville was driving the wrong-way on I-75 southbound when it struck a tanker which then collided with the median wall, caught fire and exploded.

The truck was owned by Lewis Transportation Inc out of Columbia Kentucky and was driven by Richard Miller, 59, of Dayton. Miller suffered only minor injuries. 

A third vehicle was damaged by debris from the crash. 

The report also shows that Brunsman’s vehicle struck the truck as it attempted to swerve to avoid the wrong-way driver. Both Brunsman’s vehicle and the truck were fully engulfed by the fire. 

The Dayton Police report indicates that alcohol or drugs are suspected to have played a role in Brunsman's actions. 

The report says alcohol and drug screenings were ordered on him via blood test, but the results are not yet known. 

The truck driver was not suspected of alcohol or drug use and was not tested.

A third car narrowly missed the horrific impact. 

A Dayton couple swerved to miss the swerving tanker traffic and noticed the wrong-way driver crossed two lanes of traffic to hit the tanker truck head on. 

>>RELATED: I-75 Crash: ‘He wanted to hit him’ says third driver

FIRST REPORT

DAYTON —  The man who drove the wrong-way on Interstate 75 before fatally crashing into a tanker full of gasoline Sunday previously had his driver’s license suspended after a suspected drunk driving incident. 

  • Ohio EPA spokeswoman Dina Pierce said there is no danger to the neighborhoods from smoke and fire produced by the collision, and that the city’s drinking water sources were not affected.
  • Dayton fire crews flushed the storm sewers to push out the gasoline, Pierce said.
  • An environmental contractor ventilated the storm sewer overnight Sunday into today. 
  • The contractor conducted air monitoring as well on Monday.

Police have yet to release their theory on why 30-year-old Andrew T. Brunsman was going the wrong way in the southbound lanes or whether they suspect alcohol to be a factor. Ohio Department of Transportation officials said they believe Brunsman entered the highway the wrong way at Third Street, driving up an exit ramp at about 4:40 p.m. 

He can be seen on ODOT traffic camera footage navigating oncoming traffic before crashing into the truck. Brunsman grew up in Beavercreek and graduated from Beavercreek High School in 2005. He then attended Wright State University, majoring in Business Economics. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business.

A representative from Reynolds and Reynolds in Kettering confirmed Brunsman was employed with the company at the time of his death.

RELATED: I-75 repairs will take days after deadly wrong-way crash

The truck driver, who has yet to be identified, escaped the crash with minor injuries. The subsequent explosion of the gasoline he was hauling sent smoke and flames into the air above downtown Dayton for hours, causing damage to pavement on the highway and a fire in the storm sewer system that spread to a nearby neighborhood. No other injuries were reported.

The highway is expected to be fully reopened by Thursday morning.

Court records show Brunsman had his driver’s license suspended for six months in 2013 after he was pulled over for speeding and was suspected of being intoxicated.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Wrong-way crashes in the area

He was going 85 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to Fairborn Municipal Court records. Police administered a breathalyzer test, and his blood-alcohol level was found to be .121, which is over the legal limit to drive of .08.

An operating a vehicle intoxicated charge was dismissed, and he was charged with reckless operation and speeding.

Prior to that incident, Brunsman had one speeding ticket and a misdemeanor charge for underage drinking while in college. He was given probation and did all required community service.

Brunsman’s family declined to comment on the crash.

Neighbors said Brunsman moved to Centerville when he got married in March of 2016.

His family is tight-knit, one neighbor said, and his loss is absolutely devastating for them.

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> VIDEO: Drone flew above crash scene

>PHOTOS: Images from the scene and above the scene

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No fish tale: Centerville man catches 50-inch muskie

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 9:05 PM

Cole Menker of Centerville caught a 50-inch muskellunge

Wow! That’s a big fish.

Centerville resident Cole Menker caught this 50-inch muskellunge “muskie” Saturday morning at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County.

“Haven’t caught a lot of musk in my life but he looks like he’s a high 40,” Menker said in a Facebook video on his page before catching the fish on an eight-pound line.

Menker was fishing with his brother C.J. Menker on their late mother’s birthday.

“She must have thrown one down from heaven,” Cole Menker said in his social media post.

The brothers have been fishing and hunting since they were young. On Saturday, they were practicing for an upcoming Mid-Ohio Saugeye Trail fish tournament when the muskie, a type of Pike, caught Menker’s hook.

After posing for pictures, Menker threw the fish back into the water.

Air Show thrills crowd despite Thunderbirds cancellation

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:49 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

Spectators came out in hoards for the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show on Sunday, despite a performance schedule cut short after the cancellation of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds act.

While Thunderbirds did not fly Sunday, the 2017 show featured 10 other performances, air show organizers said — drawing large crowds under cloudless, blue skies on both Saturday and Sunday.

Plans for a jam-packed schedule, highlighted by several military acts, took a turn when a two-seat F-16 Thunderbird jet overturned at the airport after landing Friday. The mishap trapped the pilot and passenger until they were freed by first responders hours later. Both were hospitalized and reported in good condition. One team member has been released.

» RELATED: Thunderbirds will not perform Sunday at Vectren Dayton Air Show

The top attractions instead included a U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight and U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornet demonstration along with Sean Tucker, Misty Blues All Woman Skydiving Team, GEICO Skytypers, Redline Airshows, Rob Holland Ultimate Air Shows, Suzuki Aerosports and a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the famous Doolittle Raid.

Thunderbirds Capt. Erik Gonsalves remains a patient at Miami Valley Hospital after he was extricated from an F-16 that overturned on the runway Friday at the Dayton International Airport. Gonsalves Tweeted Saturday a picture of himself in the hospital bed stating, “Thanks for all the love and support. I’m doing okay. More to follow, I’m thankful for all our friendships.”

Aviation Director Terrence Slaybaugh said while he was disappointed by the Thunderbird’s absence, the top priority of the airport was ensuring the safety of the crowds and the performers.

“We’re obviously very disappointed they won’t fly,” he said. “We’ll get through it.”

» RELATED: Former F-16 pilot says wind likely factor in flip over

Slaybaugh said the mishap was a “best-case scenario,” with a quick response from emergency teams and no fatalities. The airport will work “arm in arm” with the military during its investigation into the accident. The Thunderbirds remained grounded for the entirety of the air show, aggravating some spectators.

Carol Shaw drove nearly three hours from her home in Coshocton, Ohio, to watch the Vectren Dayton Air Show on Sunday. She said she was shocked to hear about the cancellation of the Thunderbirds performance, but would’ve come to the show regardless.

“I have to say I’m a little disappointed, but we’ve been coming here probably 20 years,” she said. “We like it better than the Cleveland air show.”

» RELATED: In close formation, reporter rides in squadron of vintage war planes

Chris Bruening, a Beavercreek resident, sat in a lawn chair and awaited the start of the performances. He attended the air show throughout childhood, and said he was particularly interested in seeing the pilots of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter take to the sky.

“The crowd does seem smaller this year,” he said.

Tens of thousands typically show up for the air show each year, however attendance records won’t be released until Monday. In 2016, an estimated 51,000 vistors came to watch aerial performances at the Dayton airport, and officials said attendance was impacted by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels cancellation. The Blue Angels did not perform last year after a fatal crash in Tennessee.

Bill Mangas, medical operations manager for the air show, said his team saw fewer medical emergencies this year compared to 2016. On Saturday, the team treated 17 patients and sent one to a local hospital. On Sunday, the team treated an estimated 36 patients by 3 p.m., and sent three of them to local hospitals. Mangas attributed the decline in medical emergencies to cooler temperatures.

“The breeze was definitely a life-saver,” he said.

» RELATED: What to eat and drink before or after Dayton Air Show

Highlights of the show included daring acts by the F-18 Super Hornet and the Redline aerobatic flight duo. Sean D. Tucker, who thrilled the crowd with his tight maneuvers and excessive speed, pulled G-force after G-force and talked through the speakers to the air show crowd.

This could very well be one of Tucker’s last solo appearances at the Dayton Air Show. Tucker, who flies the single-seat, 400-horsepower Oracle Challenger III biplane, said he will retire from solo flying after the 2018 air show season. He hopes to find a sponsor to launch a formation flying team as his next chapter in aviation takes center stage.

“I love Dayton, and I love sky dancing,” he shouted from the cockpit of his spinning aircraft.

2 hurt in single-vehicle crash in Randolph Co., Ind.

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 1:25 PM

Two people were transported to the hospital this morning from a single-vehicle crash on County Line Road in Randolph County, Ind. 

Redkey firefighters, Jay County deputies and medics as well as Dunkirk police assisted Randolph County deputies at the crash at 6:27 a.m., according to a police news release.

It appeared a 1991 Ford Probe traveling south on County Road 1150 West went off the roadway and struck a tree, according to the release.

Police identified the driver as Dustin Louck, 38, and the passenger Heather Louck, 35, both of Redkey, Ind. 

Both were taken to Ball Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries. Their conditions were not available Sunday afternoon.

The crash remains under investigation.

WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Saturday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

The flying acts for the 2017 Dayton Vectren Air Show have wrapped up for Saturday. Gates for Saturday’s show will close at 6 p.m. Below you can watch video highlights from Saturday’s show. Gates will reopen on Sunday at 9 a.m.

>>Dayton Air Show: What we know today

>> Photos from Saturday at the Dayton Air Show

Saturday’s line-up included flights from the following acts and others:

  • Suzuki Extra 300 
  • B-25 Doolittle Raid Commemoration 
  • Geico Skytypers 
  • Sean Tucker 
  • Misty Blues 
  • F-18 Super Hornet

The Thunderbirds cancelled their Saturday flight following a crash during a practice flight on Friday afternoon.  It will be determined later if the group will fly Sunday.

RELATED: 1 of 2 Thunderbirds pilots released following crash at air show

MORE: Eyewitness describes Thunderbird crash

UPDATE @ 2:50 p.m.:

Live flights at today’s air show have concluded.

UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.:

Redline 1440 is taking to the sky now at the Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m.:

The F-18 Super Hornet is performing now and will be followed by a performance by Redline 1440.

UPDATE @ 2:06 p.m.:

The Misty Blues are now flying at today’s show.

RELATED: Dayton Air Show: What to know about Dayton’s biggest air spectacle

UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.:

Sean Tucker is now in the air at today’s air show performing air acrobatics for the crowd.

UPDATE @ 1:31 p.m.:

The Geico Skytypers are taking flight now.  Earlier this week, Dayton Daily News reporter Kara Driscoll flew with the team.

WATCH: In close formation, reporter rides in squadron of vintage war planes

UPDATE @ 1:12 p.m.:

The P-51 is currently performing a solo flight for the audience at the Dayton International Airport. The F-35 is up next for the Heritage Flight.

UPDATE @ 12:50 p.m.:

A B-25 Dolittle Raid Commemoration is getting underway right now.

RELATED: Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.:

The T-50 jet gave the crowd a demonstration this afternoon and was soon followed by an aerial performance from Rob Holland.

UPDATE @ 12:11 p.m.:

Suzuki Extra 300 has taken to the sky at the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.:

Redline, a two plane act, performed a brief teaser for the crowd ahead of their mid-afternoon performance.

UPDATE @ 11:54 a.m.:

The Misty Blues are parachuting in to begin the 2017 Vectren Dayton Air Show. MSgt Alyson Jones is performing the national anthem.

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.:

News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald spent some time this morning, before the air show begins talking with the Geico Skytypers.