Crash on I-75

Man Drives Wrong Direction and Causes Explosion


Gas tanker and car explode on Interstate 75 (courtesy of Fox19).

Autumn Jenkins, Editor-in-Chief

On Sunday, April 30, 30-year-old Andrew Brunsman crashed into a gas tanker while traveling the wrong way on I-75. Motorists and nearby residents saw the large, fiery explosion as it covered approximately 6 lanes and lasted more than an hour, according to Dayton Daily News.

The 2005 Beavercreek graduate was caught on camera entering the highway on the exit ramp at 4:40 p.m., according to WHIO. Within one minute of entering the highway going the wrong direction, Brunsman crashed head-on into the tanker, which proceeded forward before the explosion occurred. Though Brunsman was killed, the truck driver managed to escape before the tanker exploded with minor injuries.

The cause for Brunsman’s reckless behavior is unknown at this time; Brunsman had been previously charged with driving under the influence (DUI) when it was found that his blood-alcohol content (BAC) was .121, which is .041 over the legal driving limit for those 21 and older. His license was suspended for 6 months in 2013, according to WDTN.

The Dayton Police Department released two statements, the first being that motorists should expect further delays and locate alternate routes when possible. The second statement issued requested that those who witnessed the I-75 crash and had not been in contact with them should call (937)-333-1141.