September 27, 2023

Four people have been killed and one injured in a hot air balloon collision in New Mexico

The balloon collided with an electrical connection around Central Ave and Anser PLT, causing power outages in the area, Albuquerque Police (ABD) said. Confirmed on Twitter.

The injured person was admitted to the hospital and is in a critical condition, police said.

“They are in a very bad condition. Doctors are working at the hospital to save that person,” said ABD spokesman Gilbert Caligos. According to the Albuquerque Journal. “This is a very sad situation. It was a difficult time when our officers who first came to the scene saw what they saw. These are horrible whenever it happens.”

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.

More than 13,000 people in the area have experienced power outages as a result of the incident, BNM said Tweeted, Advises people to stay away from the area. Traffic in the area has also been halted, according to the New Mexico State Police.

“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.