Hot Air Balloon Explosion in Riverside County Injures Four
Riding in a hot-air balloon is on the bucket list of many people. Something about the magic of flying, the swirl of color above them, and the gentleness of floating draws many tourists, thrill-seekers, and photographers to balloons around California each year.
Like all modes of transportation, however, even recreational vehicles like hot-air balloons become involved in accidents.
Hot-air balloon rides are popular around Temecula, a wine-growing region with fantastic scenery. There are 35 members of the Temecula Valley Wine Growers Association, spanning 35,000 acres of hills and vineyards in Riverside County.
Recently, four people were injured in a hot-air balloon explosion in Riverside County.
According to NBC News, the explosion occurred east of Temecula, California.
Luckily, the balloon had just landed before the explosion, so there was no free-fall from up in the air. One victim was immediately taken to the regional burn center, while two others were taken to trauma centers. The fourth rider was taken to a nearby hospital, while the fifth person was lucky enough to leave the scene physically unscathed.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.
As Riverside personal injury attorneys, we were thankful to hear no one was killed in the incident, and wish all victims a speedy recovery. Hopefully any broken bones will mend and the scars (physical and emotional) will be minimal.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bus, train, airplane, common carrier, or recreational vehicle accident, contact an experienced Riverside personal injury attorney right away. Contact us at Heiting & Irwin. We will be happy to answer all your questions and offer serious help for the seriously injured.