Cops: Driver may have been following GPS in East Chicago crash off bridge that killed wife

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Police in northwest Indiana are trying to figure out how a car managed to get past barriers and go over the edge of an old bridge in East Chicago.

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

The 51-year-old woman was killed and her husband injured when their car went off the edge of an old, unused bridge in East Chicago, Ind.

Police are trying to figure out how the vehicle managed to get several barriers at the Cline Avenue Bridge Saturday morning.

The passenger in the 2014 Nissan Sentra, Zohra Hussain, died in the crash. Her husband, Iftikhar Hussain, 64, was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake in stable condition.

The bridge has been out of service since 2009 and police say the car had to get past several barricades, including orange barrels and cones and large wood signs stating "Road Closed," to go over the edge of the bridge.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.