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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.

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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.

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