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Indiana conservation officers investigated three separate off-road vehicle accidents over the weekend in Wells, DeKalb and Allen counties.

On Friday Landon Ford, 21, of Bluffton, was operating a four-wheeler along an unused railroad bed about 5 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a right turn and was thrown from the vehicle, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Ford was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital with cuts and several fractures to the hand, face and hip. An investigation found the throttle and front brakes to be either not working or in disrepair, which may have been a factor. Ford was not wearing a helmet or protective gear, according to the statement.

On Saturday, Drew Bishop, 18, of the Waterloo area, was operating a dirt bike about noon when he lost control and was thrown from the bike. Bishop walked to his nearby residence and was taken to Dekalb Memorial Hospital by a personal vehicle for treatment. Bishop was not wearing a helmet or safety equipment, according to the DNR release.

Then, about 8 p.m. Saturday Cody Vanooyen was operating a four-wheeler in the Eagle River subdivision in Allen County when he hit a depression while riding in an unfamiliar area. That caused the vehicle to flip end-over-end and come to rest on top of Vanooyen.

He was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center for treatment and later released. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the DNR.

Alcohol was not a factor in any of the crashes, the release stated.