3 injured in hot air balloon accident in Pennsylvania

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
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Hot air balloons take off from a field.
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NEW HOLLAND, PA -- Police say a deflating hot air balloon fell on overhead electrical wires after the aircraft landed in a central Pennsylvania field, spurring an accident that injured the three people on board.

New Holland Police Sgt. Mark Willwerth says the balloon touched down shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday at a farm in Earl Township.

He says two of the injured were transported to a hospital burn center, while the other was being treated at a different hospital. He says the injuries were consistent with electrical burns. He did not know the severity of the injuries.

Willwerth says the Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will also investigate the accident.