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ISP: Chicago man dies in crash on Toll Road ramp

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A Chicago man died in a fiery crash on Sunday on an Indiana Toll Road on-ramp in Lake County, the Indiana State Police said.

The victim was identified as James J. Ariel, 22.

According to police, at 8:31 a.m. troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle on fire in a ditch just off the ramp from northbound I-65 to the westbound Toll Road.

First-responders arrived minutes later but were unable immediately to gain entry into the car due to the intense fire, police said. The Gary Fire Department then succeeded in controlling the blaze enough to permit a trooper and firefighter to break the driver’s side window of Ariel’s 2007 Chevrolet Malibu and remove him from the vehicle, but despite troopers’ prompt first-aid Ariel never revived, police said.

“During this time, the fire flared back up in the car and it became fully involved,” police said. “It is unknown at this time what caused the driver to go off the ramp into the north ditch.”


Posted 4/29/2019




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