Two juveniles injured in off-road vehicle crash

MENTONE, Ind. – Two teenagers were injured after the 15-year-old operator of an off-road vehicle lost control and ended up in a pond Friday evening.

Indiana Conservation Officers say emergency crews were dispatched to an area in the 6000 block of West Shilling Road where they were told two juveniles were injured in an accident.

Officers learned a 15-year-old male was operating an off-road vehicle with a 16-year-old male passenger.

According to the DNR, the driver lost control and rolled the vehicle over an embankment into a pond, where the vehicle submerged.

The driver swam to safety but the passenger was believed to have been submerged under the water with the vehicle.

Officers say the owner of the property went into the pond and rescued the 16-year-old passenger where first aid was given by medics.

Both victims were taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment. The passenger was airlifted from the hospital to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

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