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CARLTON – An Albion man’s ear was partially severed Saturday afternoon during an offroad “mud bogging” competition in the Town of Carlton.

Joel Barczak-Garcia, 23, rear-seat passenger in a 1995 Jeep that was part of the Lake Alice Mud Bogging Event on Waterport Road, struck his head on a metal protrusion inside the Jeep, resulting in his ear being partially torn off.

The motor-sport event involves driving a four-wheel-drive vehicle through a mud pit.

The Jeep was being driven by Eric C. List, 49, of Bergen, Genesee County, when it went over a mud jump and down an embankment, Orleans County sheriff’s deputies said.

Barczak-Garcia was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken by ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital.

List and two other passengers were not injured.

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