Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an incident that occurred Sunday and left one person in critical condition after a vehicle was driven into a pond in Frankfort.
Just before 5 p.m., local authorities responded to a call of a vehicle being driven into a pond at the Frankfort Lagoons and becoming submerged.
Upon arrival, the driver, Maria Lopez, 49, of Frankfort, was removed from the vehicle by the Frankfort Fire Department. The passenger, Leonidas Siles, 53, of Frankfort, reached safety on his own.
Captain Scott Freeman, firefighter Korben Shirar and firefighter Adam Lucas assessed the water and determined that rescue attempts would need to be carried out with water rescue personnel. Firefighter Jeff Moore and firefighter Trent Booth donned protective gear and entered the water to rescue the female patient. Quick actions were taken by Moore and Booth to secure the vehicle and locate the female patient. Booth located the female patient inside of the vehicle and with the assistance of Moore got the female patient to the shore where firefighters and Clinton County EMS initiated treatment.
Lopez was transported to IU Frankfort Hospital and then transferred to IU Arnett in Lafayette in critical condition.
The vehicle was recovered Monday morning by Conservation Officer divers. The incident is still under investigation.
At 5:11 p.m. Sunday, Frankfort Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton County EMS responded to the City Lagoons for a submerged vehicle.
Upon arrival, one individual was able to get out of the vehicle but one remained. Officers and Deputies entered the water in an attempt to rescue the driver. Frankfort Firefighters were able to extract the driver and then EMS performed medical actions. The driver was transported to IU Frankfort.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is taking over the investigation. All FPD and CCSO officers were treated at IU Frankfort and released.
All further information pertaining to this case will be released by DNR at a later time.