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In Lake County, an early morning crash claimed the life of a motorcyclist and caused a car and semi fire that closed the eastbound side of the Borman Expressway for almost four hours. Indiana State Police say a preliminary investigation revealed that shortly after 3:30 am, a three-wheel motorcycle, 2002 Road Hawk trike, was just east of Chase Street in Gary when for unknown reasons the driver came off and landed in the middle lane, and the vehicle continued for about a half-mile before coming to rest in the left lane. Troopers say a semi was unable to avoid striking the motorcyclist, who was pronounced dead at the scene. As of the time of the news release, the motorcyclist's name had not been released, pending notification of family. A car driven by a 28-year-old Arizona woman sideswiped the motorcycle, officials say, then crashed into the rear of another semi. Police say she and her 18-year-old passenger were able to get out before the 2003 Ford Taurus became engulfed in flames, and they were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say both were wearing seat belts. The drivers of the semi's were uninjured.