(Fort Wayne) Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that injured three juveniles yesterday.
The accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of Tulip Tree Road.
A side-by-side ORV occupied by three juveniles, ages 16, 15 and 14, was heading west on Tulip Drive and lost control after hitting a patch of gravel on the roadway. The operator overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn on its right side.
The three juveniles were treated on scene by medical personnel and transported by personal vehicle to Dupont Hospital for treatment of their injuries, and the 15-year-old and 14-year-old were treated and released. The 16 year-old was transferred to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne for further treatment of injuries.
No helmets or seatbelts were being worn by the juveniles at the time of the accident.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted at the scene by the Fort Wayne Police Department and Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.
Indiana law requires all operators and occupants of ORVs under 18 to wear a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. An individual must also possess a valid driver’s license to operate an ORV on the roadway. For a description of the legality of operating ORVs on county roadways see dnr.IN.gov/outdoor/4431.htm