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Woman dies after car plunges off ramp to demolished bridge

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) – Police say a driver apparently was following GPS navigation when he drove off the ramp to a demolished bridge that had been closed since 2009, killing his wife.

The Times of Munster reports 51-year-old Zohra Hussain of Chicago died of burns after the car caught fire following the 37-foot plunge Saturday morning onto property owned by BP. Her 64-year-old husband, Iftikhar Hussain, survived.

Lake County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Patricia Van Til says the road is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings and concrete barricades across the road.

Construction of a new bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal is scheduled to begin this spring