Wrong way crash victim speaks out, wants changes

Posted at 7:29 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 19:44:16-05

A man involved in a wrong way crash Friday morning told NewsChannel 5 he's lucky to be alive.

A car drove into Anthony Wynn's U-Haul truck while driving the wrong way on Interstate 71 in the wee hours of the morning. The wrong way driver was charged with an OVI.

Wynn said he's in pain, but has never felt so lucky. 

"Usually when two people crash, head on, what is the outcome? Fatality," Wynn said.

Wynn said he and his brother were up all night, working on their church for a big grand opening Saturday. 

He said he had an inexplicably bad feeling when he pulled onto I-71. 

"Just before this happened, I said Lord God, please don't let a wrong way driver hit me," he said.

Then he saw headlights, coming fast, and in their direction. 


"It felt like a train hitting both of us," he said.

Their U-Haul was destroyed. Wynn and his brother made it out bruised, in braces, but not broken.

Wynn said his main focus now is thanking God and making sure this doesn't happen to someone else. 

He said he's seen the stories NewsChannel 5 has done on a local battalion chief's idea to put spike strips on highway ramps--so wrong way drivers can't get on the highway. 

Wynn said he thinks it's the way to go.

"it would make the vehicle un-drivable. That would save a life," he said.

He said something has to change. 

"It will happen again, you see so much of it, and the sad part about it is, when people are under the influence, they don't know. They don't care who they hurt," he said.

There were 131 wrong way accidents in the state of Ohio last year and two fatal accidents in Cleveland in the past 31 days, according to ODOT.

The Ohio Department of Transportation refers to wrong-way accidents as "rare."