I can't be the only one who doesn't trust the GPS, but this has to be one of the dumbest stories I've heard in a long time. I mean, it's no secret that your Garmin or your phone GPS system has taken you off the beaten path. Sometimes, we choose not to even listen to the digital map system especially if we already know where we're going.
Well, a Chicago woman was killed after her husband followed their car's GPS navigation system off a partially demolished bridge that had been closed since 2009. Zohra Hussain, 51, died after their Nissan Sentra fell more than 37 feet off the old bridge and burst into flames. She was unable to escape, according to the Lake County coroner's office. Hussain's husband, Iftikhar Hussain, 64, survived the fall and managed to escape the couple's car. According to one news source, the husband was hospitalized in stable condition in nearby Gary, Indiana.
Authorities are trying to understand what prompted the couple to drive onto the bridge past barricades and warnings, though officials believe the couple was likely on the way to visit family and that they were unfamiliar with the area. I mean I guess that makes sense, but how in the world do you pass through barricades and "Do Not Enter" signs? Unless, they just didn't speak English.
"The Cline Avenue Bridge is marked with numerous barricades including orange barrels and cones, large wood signs stating ROAD CLOSED with orange striped markings. There are concrete barricaded across the road to further indicate that the road is closed," said a spokesperson from the Lake County Sheriff's Department.
According to another news source, the concrete barrier that blocked off the bridge had been moved, but the source was unclear as to whether the barrier was moved before or after the fatal crash. The bridge had been closed for decades and in 2010, the Indiana Department of Transportation had condemned the structure. I can't believe that none of these authorities even put suicide into the picture. Maybe the couple wasn't happy, They knew this structure was there and decided to end it all. That's the way I'm seeing it. I'm just having trouble believing that this couple listened to a GPS right off a bridge that was condemned for over a decade. If you ask me, it was intentional. No one can be that stupid. Then again, it was Indiana...