Woman dies in fiery crash after husband drives car off bridge

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(EAST CHICAGO, Ind.) A Chicago woman was killed in a fiery crash Saturday morning after her husband drove off a barricaded bridge in northwest Indiana.

The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. at Cline Avenue and Riley Road, according to a statement from the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Police said the driver, 64-year-old Iftikhar Hussain, drove a 2014 Nissan Sentra around barricades and left Cline Avenue. He then drove the vehicle off the bridge, causing it to fall 38-feet, police said. Hussain then exited the vehicle and ran, leaving his wife behind in the passenger seat, just moments before the car became engulfed in flames, police said.

The bridge where Iftikhar drove off is marked with numerous barricades, including orange barrels, concrete barricades, cones and a large wooden sign that reads, “ROAD CLOSED.”

The woman was identified as 51-year-old Zohra Hussain, police said. Hussain, of the 6100 block of North Kedvale, suffered burns and was pronounced dead at the scene, the Lake County coroner’s office said.

The driver was taken to Methodist Hospital in Gary, where his condition stabilized, police said.

The crash is under investigation and no citations were issued as of Saturday evening.

Further details were not available.

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