Three injured in hot air balloon accident in Lancaster County

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 17, 2015 2:16 AM

(New Holland) -- Three people were injured including one critically when police say a deflating hot air balloon struck overhead electrical wires after landing in Lancaster County field.

New Holland Police Sergeant Mark Willwerth says the balloon touched down Saturday evening at a farm.

But as it deflated, the top blew onto the power lines, shocking the occupants in the basket.

Willwerth says 48-year-old Melyndia Davis of Sykesville, Maryland, was listed in critical but stable condition at a Philadelphia-area hospital.

Fifty-three-year-old passenger Robert Spencer of Elldersburg, Maryland, and 55-year-old pilot Robert Fisher of Honey Brook were listed as stable.

Willwerth says the balloon was operated by New Horizon Balloon Team, which didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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