Two injured after hot air balloon slammed into tent

Legal news for New Mexico personal injury attorneys. One person was injured after being ejected from a hot-air balloon.

Personal injury attorneys alerts- A hot-air balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta crashed into a tent and injured two.

Albuquerque, NM—Two people were injured during the Hold’em competition at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The hot-air balloon crash happened on Monday morning, October 5, 2009, at the Balloon Fiesta Park, as reported by KRQE.

According to reports, a hot air balloon was playing in the Balloon Fiesta Hold’em competition. The Hold’em competition is where balloonists drop bags onto targets located on the ground to build poker hands. The hot-air balloon reportedly hit a tent and threw a passenger, Thomas Hurd, from the balloon. Witnesses stated, they saw a Hurd cartwheel out of the balloon, and fall 30 to 35 feet to the ground, and possibly landed on the asphalt. The pilot of the hot-air balloon, Brittany Ekland, then immediately turned off the propane fueling the balloon, and began to deflate the balloon in order to keep control of the balloon with the sudden weight difference. The balloon made a hard landing on the ground, which injured Ekland. Hurd suffered a dislocated hip from the fall, and was transported by area emergency medical services (EMS) crews to the University of New Mexico Hospital for treatment. Ekland was also transported by EMS teams to the hospital for treatment. Police officials are reportedly investigating the incident.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for personal injury lawyers in New Mexico.

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