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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Man who drove off shuttered Cline Avenue Bridge files lawsuit"

Recall the April 6, 2015 post, "Car drives off the ramp to the demolished Cline Avenue bridge in East Chicago"?

Today Elvia Malagon reports in the NWI Times:

EAST CHICAGO — A man who drove off the Cline Avenue Bridge filed a civil lawsuit in Lake Superior Court alleging officials didn’t place proper signage informing motorists the highway was shuttered, according to court records.

Iftikhar Hussain was driving with his wife, Zohra Hussain, 51, on March 28, 2015, to Indiana from Illinois on Cline Avenue when he realized the road was coming to an end. According to court records, Hussain tried to brake, but he was unable to stop his 2014 Nissan Sentra.

The couple plunged nearly 40 feet to the ground before their car burst into flames. Zohra Hussain, 51, of Chicago, was killed in the crash. Iftikhar Hussain had a fractured spine, eye socket and had burns on his arms, legs and head.

Police at the time said Iftikhar Hussain was following GPS navigation that told him to continue on Cline Avenue Bridge, though it has been closed since 2009. Information about if he was following instructions from a GPS weren’t included in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit names the Indiana Department of Transportation, Figg Bridge Builders, United Bridge Partners, Figg Bridge Engineers, Linda Figg, the state of Indiana and Walsh Construction Co.

Attorney Timothy Schafer on behalf of Iftikhar Hussain alleges officials were careless and negligent in properly placing barricades or concrete barriers that would have prevented drivers from getting on the bridge.

The lawsuit also claims officials did not provide adequate warnings the bridge was closed or about road conditions, according to the lawsuit. It also alleges officials didn’t monitor, supervise and inspect the area to ensure that vehicles couldn’t travel onto the bridge.

The story has several photos of the Cline Avenue bridge.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 12, 2016 10:56 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts