FRANKFORT, IN — Indiana Conservation Officers are piecing together the events leading to a vehicle’s plunge into a pond at the Frankfort Lagoons, which left one person critically injured. The emergency unfolded just before 5 p.m. Sunday when authorities rushed to the scene following reports of the vehicle becoming submerged.
Maria Lopez, 49, of Frankfort, was behind the wheel during the mishap. The Frankfort Fire Department made a timely intervention, rescuing Lopez from the drowning vehicle. Meanwhile, Leonidas Siles, 53, also from Frankfort and the passenger in the car, managed to escape to safety.
Lopez’s condition quickly escalated to critical, necessitating transfer from IU Frankfort Hospital to IU Arnett in Lafayette for advanced care. The vehicle was successfully retrieved this morning by skilled Conservation Officer divers.
While the cause of this near-tragic incident remains a mystery, officials from the Frankfort Police Department and Farney’s Wrecker Service, who assisted at the scene, are diligently working alongside Conservation Officers in the ongoing investigation.