The car plunged off a gap in the roadway, killing a passenger and injuring the driver

By Drew Mackie
Updated March 30, 2015 11:45 PM

GPS directions are being blamed at least in part in a fatal car accident on Saturday in East Chicago, police say.

Iftikhar Hussain, 64, drove onto the Cline Avenue bridge even though it has been closed since 2009. The car plunged 37.5 feet and erupted into flames after crashing onto the ground below. And while Hussain was able to escape the 2014 Nissan Sentra, his wife, Zohra, 51, did not. The Lake County coroner reports she died of severe burns.

A police officer investigating the accident told The Times of Northwest Indiana that the driver seemed to have been “paying more attention to the navigation system than what was in front of him,” as the road leading to the bridge is marked with numerous barricades and signs warning of the state of the bridge.

The investigator also said that the couple appears to have been en route to visiting family and may not have been familiar with the area.

Iftikhar Hussain was taken to a nearby hospital and was described as being in stable condition.