Snowmobile rider injured in lake crash

WHITLEY COUNTY — A snowmobile struck a mound of hardened snow Wednesday on Big Cedar Lake, sending the recreational craft into the air.When it came down, the snowmobile flipped end over end, throwing the rider onto the ice, according to officials.The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 3:08 p.m. from a resident who saw the crash, and then the rider lying motionless on the ice. When conservation officers arrived at the scene, Paul Bennett, 55, of Columbia City, was found on the ice and being tended to by lake residents.Officers said he was alert, but had a number of injuries, non life-threatening.