That tired adage about your friends telling you to jump off a bridge took a turn for the modern and tragic this past weekend when a driver followed his in-vehicle GPS system to a fault -- seriously injuring himself and killing his wife in the process.
Iftikhar and Zohra Hussain were apparently following the monotone voice of their GPS telling them to “Continue on Cline Avenue," outside Chicago when they plunged 37.5 ft. from the demolished Cline Avenue bridge. The bridge has been closed since 2008, and according to NWI Times, there were numerous barricades and signs alerting drivers of the closure. Nevertheless, Mr. Hussain drove around the warnings, plunging into the ground below. For those unfamiliar with the Cline Avenue bridge it currently looks likes this:
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According to NBC Chicago, Mr. Hussain survived the wreck of the couple's 2014 Nissan Sentra, but his wife died from injuries sustained in the subsequent fire. Mr. Hussain was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake in Gary and has been listed in stable condition. WGN reports on the incident here:
Police are still investigating the crash, but it serves as a reminder: technology isn't infallible.