UPDATE: The identity of the driver who died in the fiery crash is James J. Ariel, 22 of Chicago, Illinois. He was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu at the time of the crash. The family has been notified.
Original release below:
GARY, Ind. (ADAMS) – ISP says one person is dead following a crash on the Indiana Toll Road over the weekend.
It happened Saturday, April 27th, 2019, as a result of a single-vehicle crash, westbound on the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Chris Eagles revealed at approximately 8:31 a.m., Regional Dispatch for the Indiana Toll Road received 911 call advising of a single vehicle on fire in the area of where the entrance ramp from I-65 northbound to the Toll Road merges to I-80/90 westbound.
First responders arrived minutes later but were unable to gain entry into the car due to the intense fire. The fire department arrived shortly thereafter and were able to control the fire enough for Trooper Eagles and a fireman to break out the driver’s side window and pull the subject out. Troopers immediately started first aid but could not revive the subject. During this time, the fire flared back up in the car and it became fully engulfed. It is unknown at this time what caused the driver to go off the ramp into the north ditch.
Lake County Coroner and reconstructionist have been called. The identity of the deceased will not be released pending positive identification and notification to the family.