County Sheriff: Hot Air Balloon Crashes In Central Texas, No Apparent Survivors

By Merrit Kennedy

A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas, and the Caldwell County Sheriff said “it does not appear there were any survivors.”

Sheriff Daniel C. Law said in a statement that “investigators are determining the number and identities of victims at this time.”

The emergency dispatchers received a 911 call at 7:44 a.m. local time, and “when the emergency responders and the sheriff’s office arrived on scene, it was apparent that the reported fire was the basket portion of the hot air balloon,” Law said.

The sheriff says it happened in the Maxwell, Texas area, about 35 miles south of Austin.

We’ll update this story as authorities release further information.

This is a developing story. Some things that get reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from police officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.

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