Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union
Amid the debris from the accident, emergency personnel work to free one of the drivers trapped in his vehicle.
Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union Amid the debris from the accident, emergency personnel work to free one of the drivers trapped in his vehicle.
MENTONE – Two male drivers were taken to a Fort Wayne hospital after an accident Thursday evening.

Ross D. O’Connor, 16, of East Main Street, Mentone, had injuries to multiple areas of his body. He was taken by ambulance to a Fort Wayne hospital for medical evaluation.





Gregory H. Foster, 47, of East CR 350S, Pierceton, had multiple injuries and was entrapped in his car. After being extricated, he was treated at the scene and taken by Samaritan helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital.

A spokeswoman for Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne said this morning that Foster was listed in serious condition. O’Connor was not listed in the hospital directory.

The accident occurred at 6:18 p.m. Thursday on South Ind. 19, about 1,000 feet north of West CR 900S, Mentone, according to a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office report.

O’Connor was driving his maroon 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer north on Ind. 19 when he went off the road to the right. When he corrected his SUV back onto the road, he crossed into the other lane and hit Foster’s blue 2009 Honda Fit, the report states. O’Connor told police he believed he rolled at some point but was unsure when.

Foster said he was unsure what happened in the crash. He told police he was driving home toward Akron, which means he would have been driving south on Ind. 19, according to the report. O’Connor’s car crashed into  his.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Total damage was estimated at $10,000 to $25,000.