An Ohio man has died after crashing his passenger vehicle head on with a semi truck early this morning.
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The crash happened around 2 a.m. in the Dayton suburb of Englewood, Ohio.
Wrong Way Driver Doesn’t Slow After Sideswiping Car
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 46 year old Huber Heights resident Michael O’Shea was driving a Ford Explorer eastbound on westbound I-70 when the crash occurred. O’Shea sideswiped a passenger vehicle and then did not slow down before crashing head on with a westbound semi truck.
Witnesses said that there were no headlights on on the Ford Explorer. Witness Jacob Cartwright told WHIO, “I didn’t see no headlights or anything. All I saw was…the taillights of the semi just go flying across the road into a ditch.” Police say that it is too early in the investigation to confirm reports that the Ford Explorer’s headlights were off.
O’Shea died at the scene.
The truck driver and car driver involved in the crash sustained minor injuries.
Cause Of Wrong Way Crash Remains Unclear
Ohio State Patrol Lieutenant Mark Nichols noted, “Obviously once these cars start going the opposite direction at highway speeds — even 55, 65 miles per hour — opposing vehicles … that gap closes pretty quick and people don’t really have a lot of time to do much to get out of the way.”
I-70 was shut down for about five hours while crews cleaned up the crash.
It isn’t clear if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. Police are still working to determine the cause of the crash.