(GARY) – A Chicago man is dead after his car veered into a ditch on the Indiana Toll Road near Interstate 65 in Gary and burst into flames.
In a news release, the Indiana State Police says the car fire was reported at about 8:30 on Saturday morning. When first responders arrived, they saw that the car was on fire but were unable to get into the vehicle until firefighters gained control of the blaze, break a window and pull the driver out.
Troopers administered first aid but the driver who was later identified by the Lake County Coroner as 22-year-old James J. Ariel was pronounced dead at the scene.
The release says it has not been determined why the driver veered off the ramp and into a ditch.