Rescue operation: balloon crashes into power line

Rescue operation: balloon crashes into power line

In bottrop, a balloon has crashed into a power line. Six people were in the basket of the balloon, which was dangling from the top of a utility pole, a police spokesman said.

According to initial findings, the people in the basket were unharmed, the fire department was able to talk to them on the phone. In the evening – already at nightfall – fire department rescuers climbed up to the basket that had got caught in the pipes at a height of about 65 meters.

The rescuers now secured the basket first, so that it could not fall further, said a spokesman for the fire department. Then the occupants were to be rescued one by one – but exactly how was still unclear at first.

The fire department announced via twitter that the affected road in essen was closed in both directions for the duration of the operation. The bottrop-sud exit of the A42 was also impassable. According to deutsche bahn, the accident also caused considerable problems with rail replacement services on the S9 between essen and bottrop.

Only in june, there was an accident with a hay balloon in munsterland. In the crash in a field, six people were injured, three of them seriously.