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Three Hot Air Balloons Crash in Teton County — Injured Taken to Hospitals

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Twelve people were hospitalized in Wyoming on Monday after three hot air balloon crashes.

Drone video from the Jackson Hole News & Guide shows the downed balloons in the Teton Village area.

Jackson Hole Fire Chief Brady Hansen said the hot air balloons carrying a total of 36 people crashed into the ground.

Hansen told CNN that shortly after 8am, three sightseeing balloons had gone down near the foothills of the Teton Village Resort Community.

One person was seriously injured in the mishap and was flown to a hospital in Eastern Idaho while five others were driven to St. John’s Hospital in Jackson.

One balloon rider told the newspaper it was difficult to stay onboard during the upheaval.

“We were desperately trying not to fall out. It was lifting us up and slamming us back down again,” the individual said.

Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr told the Associated Press that the balloons were owned by the same company and went down separately.

He said weather likely contributed to the crashes.

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