UPDATE: Three people hospitalized after hot air balloon crashes into moving train in Burlington | Local News

BURLINGTON — Three people have been hospitalized after a hot air balloon crashed Wednesday night and then collided with a moving train, police said.

The Burlington Police Department said in a news release that three adult occupants of the balloon all suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.

Police say witnesses at the scene reported the hot air balloon appeared “in distress” and collided with a northbound Canadian National train.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are helping state and local police investigate the incident.

Police said they were called at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday to the 400 block of Calumet Street near downtown Burlington. The Burlington Fire Department and other fire departments in Waterford, Rochester and Kansasville provided aid to the injured.

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Two patients were transported to Froedtert by helicopter ambulance and one was transported by land ambulance.

Ryan Lamp, who works at nearby Casey’s General Store, 100 S. Dodge St., told a reporter that many customers told him that a hot-air balloon flying over an industrial building appeared to hit a chimney and then swoop down. crush and collide with mobile. form.

The police department asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the Burlington Police Department at 262-342-1104 or email rjones@burlington-wi.gov.

The department said the Canadian National Railroad, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and Racine County Communications also assisted in the crash. Canadian National and Wisconsin State Patrol are participating in the investigation.