Malfunctioning electric cigarette was cause of semi rig’s crash, driver’s injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 08:42

It’s odd, but apparently true: A malfunctioning electronic cigarette was the apparent cause of an accident on Interstate 65 that happened around noon on Tuesday, January 5.

Indiana State Police troopers from both the Versailles and Sellersburg posts were dispatched to the scene of the accident.

They found the damaged semi-tractor-trailer, a 2010 Freightliner, at the 35.5 northbound mile marker.

The driver, Christian Starasinich, 45, Orlando, Fl., suffered facial injuries when the electronic device exploded.

Starasinich was assisted by technicians with Scott County EMS and Jackson County EMS. He was transported by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital.

The Florida man told troopers that, after the cigarette malfunctioned and injured him, he could not control the rig. It left the right side of the interstate and struck a guardrail before it stopped.

For about two hours, traffic was slowed and restricted in the area, which was close to the Scott/Jackson County line.

Emergency personnel assisting at the scene included the Crothersville/Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana Department of Transportation as well as two wrecker services.