Hot air balloon crashes, hits train in Burlington


A hot air balloon crashed in Burlington on Wednesday night, hitting a train. Burlington police say three adults on board suffered injuries. The balloon went down on Calumet and Pine streets. Early reports from witnesses on scene indicate the hot air balloon appeared in distress and collided with a northbound Canadian National train. “I noticed all the paramedics, fire trucks and rescue vehicles going by. A lot of them went by at the same time,” Richard Lapidus said. Alia Underwood saw the balloon going down seconds before it crashed into a train.”At first I saw the train, and I saw the hot air balloon be sucked down by the wind of the train, and then when it popped back up, I saw the basket was gone. I saw things dangling and I’m like ‘There’s nobody. 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 balloon, missing its basket, tangled in power lines.The pilot reported while attempting to land the hot air balloon in the 400 block of Calumet Street, the gondola Touched down and the balloon became entangled with a northbound Canadian National train, police said Thursday. The pilot was affiliated with the Lake Geneva Balloon Co., owner of the hot air balloon. Burlington police said Flight for Life airlifted two people to Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Burlington police said all three people were released from the 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 conducting a collaborative investigation with members from the National Traffic Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Canadian National and the 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 suffered injuries.

The ballloon went down on Calumet and Pine streets.

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

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

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

“At first I saw the train, and I saw the hot air balloon be sucked down by the wind of the train, and then when it popped back up, I saw the basket was gone. I saw things dangling and I’m like ‘ There’s nobody. 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 balloon, missing its basket, tangled in power lines.

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

The pilot was affiliated with the Lake Geneva Balloon Co., owner of the hot air balloon.

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

The third patient was transported via ambulance to Froedtert.

Burlington police said all three people were released from the 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 conducting a collaborative investigation with members from the National Traffic Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Canadian National and the Wisconsin State Patrol to determine the cause of the crash.

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