An Ohio man was
killed this morning in a three-vehicle crash on I-65 in Jasper County, the
Indiana State Police said.
police, at 6:20 a.m. Zaza Eristavi, 41, of Fairfield, Ohio, was northbound
on I-65, driving a 2008 Dodge dually pickup and hauling a 50-foot trailer
loaded with three vehicles, when he rear-ended a semi-tractor trailer
stopped for an earlier crash up ahead, not quite six miles south of the
The impact pushed
Eristaviís trailer into the driverís compartment of his pickup truck, police
said. He was pronounced dead at the scene of massive blunt force trauma.
force of the collision drove the first semi into the rear of a second one,
while the three vehicles which Eristavi had been hauling were thrown off the
trailer when the straps broke.
The driver of the
first semi, James Kirkland, 58, of Toone, Tennessee, was not injured, nor
was the driver of the second, Mouhamadou Soumare, 51, of Indianapolis,
driving for Cinci Motor LLC of Maineville, Ohio, police said.
lanes had been closed, with traffic being diverted off at Ind. 24, the
Remington/Wolcott exit at the 201 mile marker. Just before 12 p.m. those
lanes were re-opened.