A malfunctioning e-cigarette contributed to a semi-crash in Jackson County, according to Indiana State Police (ISP).
ISP Versailles Post Spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles says that at approximately noon on Tuesday, troopers from the Sellersburg and Versailles Posts responded to the crash on northbound I-65 near the 35.5 mile marker at the Jackson/Scott County line.
Wheeles says that the initial investigation revealed that the semi, with trailer, was being driven by 45-year-old Christian Starasinich, of Orlando, FL. ISP investigators say that information gathered at the scene indicated that the electronic cigarette that Starasinich was using malfunctioned and exploded. Due to the malfunction, they say that Starasinich sustained injuries to his face. Starasinich was unable to control the vehicle, which then went off the right side of the road before striking a guardrail and coming to a stop, added Wheeles. Investigators add that they believe that the injuries Starasinich sustained were a result of the device malfunctioning and not from the crash itself.
Starasinich was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. His condition is unknown. ISP say that traffic in that area was slowed for approximately two hours while the crash was cleaned up.
The investigation is ongoing.