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The driver of a pickup truck had to be rushed to the hospital Sunday evening after rear-ending a semitractor-trailer on Indianapolis Boulevard in Whiting.

The crash, which completely crushed the hood and engine of the truck, happened in the 2400 block of Indianapolis Boulevard at about 6:46 p.m. Sunday. Whiting Fire Department Captain Tim Golubic said the accident took place directly across from the BP Whiting Refinery between 129th Street and Schrage Avenue in Whiting. 

The pickup truck caught fire after the wreck, but police put it out before firefighters arrived on the scene, Golubic said. The driver, whose identity was not immediately available, suffered serious injuries, including a broken leg.

He was taken to St. Catherine's Hospital in East Chicago. His condition was not immediately available.

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The driver of the semi was not injured at all and no one else was involved in the crash, Golubic said.

Indianapolis Boulevard was completely shut down in both directions while first responders worked the crash, which totaled the pickup truck.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.