GARY — A Gary man died after he jumped from a bridge onto the Borman Expressway on Monday and was hit by a semi, police said.
The 56-year-old man stopped on the Colfax Street overpass about 10:20 a.m., got out of his 2003 Pontiac, put the hood up and jumped off the bridge, according to Indiana State Police.
He landed in a middle lane, and an Iowa man driving a 2014 Kenworth semi and box trailer was unable to avoid hitting the Gary man, police said. The box trailer was loaded with 43,000 pounds of recreational vehicle parts.
The Gary man was pronounced dead at the scene by Lake County coroner’s investigators, police said.
The situation backed up traffic in both directions of Interstate 80/94 for several hours and also caused heavy traffic on Ridge Road.
The expressway remained congested as of 12:40 p.m., and police recommended drivers seek alternate routes.