The injured person was admitted to the hospital and is in a critical condition, police said.
New Mexico (PNM) Powering, which bills itself as the city’s first electricity and gas operating company, “has come to the fore because there is no electricity in the area yet,” police said.
“Everyone at BNM is deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” BNM spokesman Shannon Jackson told CNN. “We are thinking of the family and friends affected by today’s events. We will continue to do everything we can to support first responders in this growing situation.”
Jackson said BNM will not be able to reactivate the transmission line damaged by the crash or regain power until the investigation is complete, which could cause delays.
“PNM urges customers to plan ahead for the next few hours, and be prepared to implement a backup plan, such as going to a relative’s or friend’s home for electricity or cooling until power is restored,” he added.
Albuquerque Fire and New Mexico State Police are at the scene, and police say the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Traffic Safety Board (NDSP) will investigate the cause of the hot air balloon crash.
The report was contributed by CNN’s Gate Trafecond.
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