David Arnold confirmed that from his vantage point, the car going the wrong-way appeared to purposefully move into the path of the tanker truck, while the truck driver did everything he could to avoid the collision.
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“The truck had moved down in front of me… And I couldn’t figure out, ‘Why is he moving in front of me?,’ and then I saw the car coming at him and then I realized what he was doing, he was trying to get away from the car,” Arnold said.
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He said the wrong-way car driven by Andrew Brunsman appeared to cross two lanes in order to hit the truck head-on.
“The truck driver did everything he could to get away from the car, but he just wanted to hit him,” Arnold said.
He saw the collision in front of him and said the truck ran over Brunsman’s car.
The truck then drifted to the left, hitting the median and coming to a stop. Arnold hit some debris but was able to move his car to the right shoulder.
Truck driver Richard Miller ran to the Arnolds’ car and others warning them that the truck was going to explode.
“Police officers came right away too, because they’d already gotten reports that he was going the wrong way,” Arnold said. “And it was shortly after that it blew up. That’s when my car got that extra damage.”
Neither Arnold or his wife were injured.
“It doesn’t make any sense that he was going the wrong way and it doesn’t make any sense that he moved down two lanes to hit the truck. The whole thing doesn’t make any sense,” Arnold said.
According the Dayton police crash report, officers on scene indicate 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.