JASPER CO., Ind. (WLFI) – A three vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning on Interstate 65 resulted in the death of an Ohio man.
According to Indiana State Police’s preliminary investigation, at approximately 6:20 a.m. Tuesday a semi pulling a rail container was stopped in the right lane of I-65 north near mile-marker 208, roughly 6 miles south of the Rensselaer exit, due to a crash further ahead. At that time, the semi was hit in the rear.
A second semi pulling an empty trailer was also stopped in the right lane behind the first semi, when it was hit in the rear and pushed into the rail container.
A pickup pulling a trailer loaded with three vehicles driven by Zaza Eristavi, 41, of Fairfield, Ohio, was headed north in the right lane when he failed to slow down and hit the back the second semi trailer.
ISP troopers said the impact caused the straps that were securing the cars to break free. All three vehicles were catapulted off the trailer.
Troopers confirm that Eristavi’s trailer was pushed forward into the driver’s compartment. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jasper County Coroner of massive blunt force trauma. The family has been notified.
The other two drivers involved were not injured.
The northbound lanes of I-65 re-opened around 12:15 p.m., but troopers warn motorists there is a large backup at this time.