Hot air balloon crashes and hits train in Burlington

A hot air balloon crashed in Burlington on Wednesday night, hitting a train. Burlington police say three adults on board were injured. The balloon fell on Calumet and Pine streets. Initial reports from witnesses at the scene indicate that the hot air balloon appeared in distress and collided with a northbound Canadian National train. “I noticed all the paramedics, fire engines and rescue vehicles were going by. A lot of them were going by at the same time,” Richard Lapidus said. Alia Underwood saw the balloon descend seconds before it crashed into a train. “At first I saw the train, and I saw the hot air balloon being sucked up by the wind of the train, then when it came up again, I saw the basket was gone. I saw things hanging down and I thought, “There’s no one there. They fell out of the basket,” she said. He saw several balloons flying low around the same time. A photo of another spectator showed the balloon, missing his basket, tangled in power lines.The pilot reported that he was trying to land the hot air balloon in the 400 block of rue Calumet, the gondola landed and the balloon went is entangled in a northbound Canadian National train, police said Thursday.The pilot was affiliated with the Lake Geneva Balloon Co., which owns the hot air balloon.Burlington police say Flight for Life airlifted two people at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.The third patient was transported by ambulance to Froedtert.The Burlington police have said the three people were discharged from hospital on Thursday and are recovering at home. The two passengers, a man and a woman, were from Barrington and Arlington Heights, Illinois. The 62-year-old pilot is from Bristol, Wisconsin. The City of Burlington Police Department is investigating with members of the National Traffic Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Canadian National and Wisconsin State Patrol to determine the cause of the crash.

A hot air balloon crashed in Burlington on Wednesday night, hitting a train.

Burlington police say three adults on board were injured.

Proma loon descended on Calumet and Pine streets.

Initial reports from witnesses at the scene indicate that the hot air balloon appeared in distress and collided with a northbound Canadian National train.

“I noticed all the paramedics, fire engines and rescue vehicles were going by. A lot of them were going by at the same time,” Richard Lapidus said.

Alia Underwood saw the balloon descend seconds before it crashed into a train.

“At first I saw the train, and I saw the hot air balloon being sucked by the wind of the train, then when it came back up, I saw that the basket had disappeared. I saw things hanging and I was like, ‘There’s no one there. They fell out of the basket,'” she said.

He saw several balloons flying low around the same time.

A photo from another viewer showed the ball, without its basket, tangled in power lines.

The pilot reported that while attempting to land the hot air balloon in the 400 block of Calumet Street, the gondola touched down and the balloon became entangled in a northbound Canadian National train , police said Thursday.

The pilot was affiliated with the Lake Geneva Balloon Co., which owns the balloon.

Burlington police said Flight for Life airlifted two people to Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

The third patient was transported by ambulance to Froedtert.

Burlington police said all three were discharged from hospital Thursday and are recovering at home.

The two passengers, a man and a woman, were from Barrington and Arlington Heights, Illinois.

The pilot, 62, is from Bristol, Wisconsin.

The City of Burlington Police Department is investigating with members of the National Traffic Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Canadian National and Wisconsin State Patrol to determine the cause of the accident.