Wisconsin hot air balloon crash leaves 3 hospitalized

A shocking hot air balloon crash has seriously injured three of its passengers after it bounced off a building and crashed into a train yesterday.

The Burlington, Wis., City Police Department confirmed to The Sun that “three adult occupants suffered life-threatening injuries” in Wednesday night’s shock crash.

The incident happened at 8:15 p.m. local time near North Calumet Street.

The police statement read: ‘Flight for Life was requested and transported two of the three patients to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.

“The third patient was transported overland by ambulance to Froedtert.

“The first witness reports on [the] scene indicate that the balloon appeared in distress and collided with a
Canadian National train heading north.

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

The incident happened at 8:15 p.m. local time near North Calumet Street when Flight for Life was requested.
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Cops confirmed the investigation into the shocking incident was underway as of 1:45 a.m. ET.

Firefighters told the local ABC affiliate that the airlifted passengers were taken to Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Witnesses described seeing the ball hit the building and bounce off, hitting a moving train, according to a local NBC affiliate.

Passers-by reportedly ran to help the victims and photos show the hot air balloon tangled in telephone wires.

The basket does not appear to be attached.

Train crews remain at the scene to inspect the tracks, according to local media.

It is not known 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 just two days ago.

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