BURLINGTON — Three people have been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the hot-air balloon they were in crashed Wednesday evening in Burlington, Wisconsin.

Burlington Police responded about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday to the 400 block of Calumet Street for the report of a hot air balloon struck by a train.

Members from the City of Burlington Fire Department, Village of Waterford Fire Department, Rochester Fire Department, and Kansasville Fire Department responded to assist in providing care for the three injured occupants in the hot air balloon.

The three adults aboard the balloon had life-threatening injuries, according to Burlington police.

Flight for Life was called and transported two of the three patients to Froedtert Hospital for treatment. The third patient was ground transported via ambulance to Froedtert.

Early reports from witnesses on scene indicate the hot air balloon appeared in distress as it dropped from the sky 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 cause.

This is an active investigation as of Thursday morning.

Anyone who may have additional information on the accident is encouraged to contact the Burlington Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 262-342-1104 or via email at rjones@burlington-wi.gov reference Burlington Police Report #22-5105.


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak launched Walworth County Community News in 2021. He is the former editor of The Week and Walworth County Sunday.