MONTICELLO — Two girls were hospitalized after a boat crash on Lake Freeman, and one was then airlifted to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for her injuries.

The girl’s condition isn’t known.

The accident happened about 8:13 a.m. near Sportsman Inn restaurant near the U.S. 421 bridge, according to an Indiana Department of Natural Resources press release.

A Monticello woman told conservation officers that she had been driving a 20-foot runabout boat upstream of the bridge, pulling a tube with three children on it.

While she was turning the boat, the sun caused her to misjudge the distance between the docks and the tube, the press release stated.

The tube’s momentum made it collide with the dock.

An 11-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl, residents of Crest Hill, Illinois, were both taken to IU White Memorial Hospital.

The 13-year-old was then flown to Riley by Lutheran Air. The press release didn’t state what her injuries were, but the 11-year-old had minor injuries. The DNR didn’t confirm whether the 11-year-old is still at IU White Memorial.

A boy also traveling on the tube wasn’t injured, and no one in the boat was injured, according to the press release.

DNR officers do not suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor.

All those involved had life jackets on.

Other agencies assisting in the situation include the Monticello Fire Department, the Monticello Police Department, Carroll County Communications, White County Communications and Indiana DNR Dispatch.

A call to the DNR was not returned before deadline.

Reach James D. Wolf Jr. at james.wolf@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117.

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