Friday, October 07, 2022

3 hospitalized in Wisconsin hot air balloon accident

Three of its passengers were seriously injured in a shocking hot air balloon accident when it toppled off a building and collided with a train yesterday.

The City of Burlington Police Department in Wisconsin confirmed to The Sun that “three adult occupants suffered life-threatening injuries” in the shocking accident on Wednesday evening.

The incident happened near North Calumet Street at 8.15 pm local time.

The police statement read: “Flight for Life was requested and two of the three patients were taken to Frodart Hospital for treatment.

“The third patient was taken to Frodtart via ambulance.

“On the preliminary report of the witnesses [the] The scene indicates that the hot air balloon appeared to be in distress and collided with a
Northbound Canadian National Train. ,

Members of the Burlington Fire Department, the Village of Waterford Fire Department, the Rochester Fire Department and the Kansasville Fire Department were all at the scene.

The incident occurred near North Calumet Street at 8.15 p.m. local time, as Flight for Life was requested.
The incident occurred near North Calumet Street at 8.15 p.m. local time, as Flight for Life was requested.
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Police confirmed that investigations into the shocking incident are ongoing as of 1.45 a.m. ET.

Fire officials told a local ABC affiliate that the airlifted passengers were taken to Frodtart and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

According to a local NBC affiliate, eyewitnesses reported seeing the balloon hit the building and bounce, hitting a moving train.

People bystanders reportedly rushed to help the victims and photos showed a hot air balloon entangled in telephone wires.

The basket doesn’t seem to be attached.

According to local outlets, train personnel are present at the spot to inspect the train tracks.

It is not clear what may have caused the incident.

Neither the Burlington Police Department nor the Kansasville Fire Department, which reportedly responded to the scene, could be immediately reached for comment.

Burlington is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

The city wrapped up the Burlington Jamboree two days earlier.

The festival spanned Memorial Day weekend and included a variety of offerings that included rides, games, food, and live entertainment.

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