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Two Teens Injured In Off-Road Vehicle Accident In Mentone
Updated November 21, 2017 7:08 AM | Filed under: Accident
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(MENTONE) - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred at approximately 7 p.m. Friday near 6005 W Shilling Rd. Two male juveniles were injured in the accident.

One 15-year-old male juvenile, of Fort Wayne, was operating an ORV on private property with a second 16-year-old male juvenile, of Fort Wayne, riding passenger beside him.

The operator lost control of the ORV near a private pond embankment and the ORV rolled over, entered the pond, and submerged. Both occupants were ejected from the ORV into the pond. The property owner,50-year-old Cary Groninger, of Mentone, contacted 911 after being notified by his son of the accident.

The operator of the ORV was able to swim to safety and appeared to be suffering from minor injuries, however, the passenger was believed to be still submerged in the pond.

Cary Groninger then entered the pond and searched the immediate area near where the ORV was submerged, locating the passenger. Cary Groninger brought the passenger to shore and lifesaving aid was administered by medics. Neither victim was wearing a helmet, although safety harnesses appeared to have been utilized.

Both victims were transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital and treated for their injuries. The passenger was later flown by air ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by Kosciusko County Sheriff Department, Burket Fire Department, Lutheran EMS, and Mentone EMS.

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