Man dies after crashing car into pond in Morgan County

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (December 6, 2015) — Two deputies and a 24-year-old man were transported to the hospital following a car crash in Morgan County Sunday morning.

According to a Morgan County dispatcher, a vehicle reportedly crossed the median while traveling north, through the southbound lanes, and crashed into a retention pond located north of the Marathon gas station near the corner of State Road 37 and Old State Road 37.

Deputies arrived quickly finding the vehicle submerged in the pond. Without hesitation, Deputies Jeremy Long and Jonathan Herrington, Fireman Captain Tom York, and a bystander plunged in the frigid water to rescue the driver. They busted glass from the vehicle, removed the driver through the sunroof, and began resuscitation attempts.

The driver, later identifies as Evan Clendening, 24, of Michigan, was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition. Clendening succumbed to his injuries late Sunday morning.

Both Deputies were transported to St. Francis-Mooresville where they were treated and release for hypothermia. Washington Township Fireman York was also treated for hypothermic conditions at an area hospital. The investigation is ongoing by officers and the accident reconstruction team.

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