Two teens injured after off road vehicle ends up in pond

(Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

An off-road vehicle crash that happened on Friday, Nov. 17, is under investigation in Mentone.

Indiana Conservation Officers say two boys, a 15-year-old and 16-year-old, from Fort Wayne, were injured.

Initial investigation reveals the two were on the same vehicle when the operator lost control near a private pond embankment. The vehicle rolled over and became submerged in the pond.

The property’s owner called 911 after his son told him about the collision.

The ORV operator swam to safety and had only minor injuries. The passenger was located in the pond by the property owner. Both teens were taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for injury treatment. The passenger was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for further treatment.

Officers say safety harnesses seem to have been in use at the time of the crash, but neither teen was wearing a helmet.

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