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Driver in fiery, wrong-way I-75 crash had drugs in system

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

Dayton police have released 3 different cruiser cam videos pertaining to the wrong-way I-75 tanker crash and explosion.

>>PHOTOS: From the scene of the crash when it happened

UPDATE @ 4:18 p.m. (July 10):

The driver in this fiery wrong-way crash, Andrew T. Brunsman, had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner’s office has ruled the cause of death from multiple blunt force injuries with the manner being accidental, according to the coroner’s report.

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.

I-75 crash investigators created a diagram of how the wrong-way crash occurred.(Breaking News Staff)

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. 

ODOT Camera catches crash and explosion

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. 

ON SCENE: Smoke billows from fatal crash site on I-75

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.

SCENE: Flames shoot above I-75 crash site

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.

> DETOURS: Detours around expected backup on SB I-75 morning commute

> VIDEO: Drone flew above crash scene

>PHOTOS: Images from the scene and above the scene

> RELATED: 911 callers warn of wrong-way driver on SB I-75 prior to fiery crash

> RELATED: Ohio third in nation for serious Hazmat transportation accidents

> RELATED: Dayton fatal crash deadliest of 2016 in Ohio

 

 

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Malfunctioning pump spills 10 gallons of fuel, prompting HAZMAT to respond

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:58 AM

HAZMAT called to fuel spill at Vandalia Shell station

UPDATE @ 6 a.m: A malfunctioning pump spilled ten gallons of fuel at a Vandalia gas station Tuesday morning, prompting HAZMAT to respond.

>> Record-breaking warmth today, widespread showers expected overnight

The incident occurred at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road, per initial reports.

The gas station was closed while crews were on scene, but half of the station pumps have reopened for service.

No injuries or other hazards were reported as a result of the spill.

INITIAL REPORT

HAZMAT has been requested to a Vandalia gas station after a fuel spill.

Initial reports indicate fuel spilled at the Shell gas station in the 500 block of National Road. The gas station is closed while crews respond.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:41 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On northbound I-75 before the Needmore Road exit in Dayton, two-vehicle accident with one vehicle reportedly flipped around 5:35 a.m. Far left and middle lanes are closed. 

Surface Street Incidents 

  • No incidents to report.

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>> RELATED: Track the latest conditions in your neighborhood on our live WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Record-breaking warmth today; widespread showers expected overnight

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about which days will have the hardest commutes because of the weather.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Record-breaking warmth today
  • More showers, storms tonight through Wednesday
  • A wintry mix early Thursday

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Early dry time with temperatures in the 60s. We’ll see broken clouds through the day with highs peaking in the low 70s. The record for the day is 69 degrees, set back in 2016. Expect wind gusts through the day between 20 to 30 mph. We can’t rule out a passing shower or storm during the day across the northwest, but most will stay dry during the day. However, tonight showers and storms become more widespread overnight. 

WEDNESDAY: Temperatures start in the upper 50s to low 60s with scattered showers and storms during the first half of the day with rain possible falling heavy at times. Temperatures will drop during the day and hit 30 degrees by nighttime with us also experiencing gusty winds. Any lingering showers could fall as a wintry mix or freezing rain.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

THURSDAY: Morning showers will be a wintry mix. Cooler temperatures for the day in the mid-40s. Some dry time returns during the day into the evening. 

>> School, Business Closing and Delays

FRIDAY: Widespread rain will begin to fall again, heavy at times. A flood threat continues with highs in the upper 50s.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

SATURDAY: Rain continues through the day, again heavy at times. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Flooding is possible with rain totals for the week ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 inches. 

Great Miami in Troy and Dayton will get close to the flood stage. Some low lying spots along the river could see minor flooding.

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Man taken to area hospital after being struck by vehicle in Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Pedestrian strike in Trotwood

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m: One man was taken to Grandview Medical Center after he was struck by a vehicle in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

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The initial call reported that a woman hit a man and that he was in the middle of the road on East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive, according to investigators.

His condition is unknown at this time.

Officials continue to investigate whether the incident was accidental or on purpose. 

INITIAL REPORT

Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.

A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck. 

Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened. 

We’re working to learn more details on the ordeal and will continue to update this story as they become available. 

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