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In Hammond this morning, an early morning rush hour crash stopped eastbound traffic on the Borman Expressway just west of Cline Avenue, sending one person to the hospital. Indiana State Police at the Lowell Post say a preliminary investigation revealed the semi-trailer was parked disabled on the outer shoulder with its emergency triangles out behind it when a mini-van in the far right lane for unknown reasons drove off the road, through the triangles, and struck the left rear of the box trailer. Police say the driver of the mini-van was taken to a local hospital with a laceration to his head and chest injuries.The mini-van was split in two by the impact, police say, and was loaded with car parts that were strewn across three lanes of eastbound traffic. The semi was loaded with over sixty-thousand pounds of cardboard and drums, and officials say no load was lost but the trailer had to be towed due to damage Troopers also say a second semi traveling in the right middle lane hit some of the debris and his driver’s side running board was damaged. The semi drivers were not hurt, police say. All lanes reopened shortly after 7 am.