HAMMOND | A semi taking a ramp too fast caused a chain-reaction, three-semi crash on the Borman Expressway that had all lanes closed for hours at the start of the Monday morning commute.
According to Indiana State Police, at 5:19 a.m., a 1998 Freightliner pulling a rail container was on the ramp from Calumet Avenue to the eastbound Borman when he took the ramp too fast. The semi rolled over onto the driver's side and slide onto the eastbound lanes blocking the far right and right middle lanes.
Jesus Villegas, 26, of Melrose Park, Ill., was cited for speed too fast to avoid an accident, police said.
The truck was carrying finished wood products for Djuric Trucking Inc. in Hammond. The load was not lost and the driver was not injured, police said.
A 1977 Peterbilt semi pulling an empty, covered wagon trailer was eastbound in the right middle lane when it hit the rail container. The driver, a 60-year-old Wisconsin man, was transported to The Community Hospital in Munster with a fractured knee.
A 2005 International pulling a box trailer was eastbound behind the second semi when the driver tried to swerve to the left to avoid hitting the semis involved in the earlier crash. The attempt to swerve caused the semi to jack-knife and hit the trailer of the second semi, crashing into it and through the concrete median barrier wall, police said.
The second semi's trailer ripped open and it lost some of the rolls of Styrofoam it was hauling on the expressway.
The driver of the third semi was not injured.
All eastbound lanes of the Borman were closed until around 7:30 when the two left lanes reopened. All lanes reopened at 8:30 a.m.
Another crash involving a semi-truck shut down two eastbound lanes on Interstate 80/94 near the Kennedy Avenue exit, Indiana State Police said.
The crash happened at about 6:15 p.m. and closed two far left lanes, police said.
There were no reported injuries.