Three taken to hospital after hot air balloon crash lands at Chatfield

None of the injuries are life-threatening

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/20/21

Three people were injured when the hot air balloon they were riding in crash landed at Chatfield State Park on June 20, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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Three taken to hospital after hot air balloon crash lands at Chatfield

None of the injuries are life-threatening

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Three people were injured when the hot air balloon they were riding in crash landed at Chatfield State Park on Sunday morning, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
 
Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of the down balloon, which crashed near the gravel pond area of the state park, at around 7:30 a.m.
 
None of the three passengers who had to be transported to the hospital sustained life-threatening injuries, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Jenny Fulton said. Three other passengers were determined to be OK.
 
Fulton said witnesses reported to the Sheriff's Office that the balloon, which had taken off from the state park, was hit by a strong gust of wind that affected its flight.
 
“One of the witnesses described it as the balloon was `punched' and deflated on one side and then went down,” said Fulton.

A second balloon, which had also taken off from Chatfield State Park, also crash landed near Roxborough State Park around the same time. There were no injuries involved in that crash, Fulton said.
 
Hot air balloon crashes are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. However, Fulton said she did not know if the board was investigating either crash.

Chatfield State Park is open.

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