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Hot Air Balloon Crashes Into Train in Burlington

According to an update from the City of Burlington, yesterday at about 8:15 p.m. the police department responded to the 400 block of Calumet St. for a report of a hot air balloon struck by a train. Three adult occupants in the balloon sustained life threatening injuries, and Flight for Life was requested for two of the three individuals to a hospital. The other individual was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Early reports from witnesses on scene indicate the hot air balloon appeared in distress and collided with a Northbound Canadian National Train. 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. This is an active investigation. Anyone who may have additional information on the accident is encouraged to contact the Burlington Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 262-342-1104. More information on this story will be given as it becomes available.


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