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In Lake County, an early morning crash claimed the life of a 64-year-old Valparaiso man 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 driven by John Arama was just east of Chase Street in Gary when for unknown reasons he 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. A car driven by an Arizona woman sideswiped the motorcycle, then crashed into the rear of another semi. She and her 18-year-old passenger were able to get out before the 2003 Ford Taurus became engulfed in flames, and theywere taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say both were wearing seat belts. The drivers of the semi's were uninjured.