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ISP Ohio man dies in I65 crash in Jasper

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An Ohio man was killed this morning in a three-vehicle crash on I-65 in Jasper County, the Indiana State Police said.

According to 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 Rensselaer exit.

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.

Meanwhile, the 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, police said.

Eristavi was driving for Cinci Motor LLC of Maineville, Ohio, police said.

All northbound 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.


Posted 3/25/2014