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Woman taken to hospital after hot air balloon incident

Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 3:21 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:47 p.m. CST

HUNTLEY – A 93-year-old Cary woman was taken to the hospital after the hot air balloon she was in made a rough landing at a Huntley golf course.

The Huntley police and fire departments were dispatched at 8:21 p.m. Friday to the Pinecrest Golf Course, 11220 Algonquin Road, after a hot air balloon landed on the course, Huntley police Sgt. Michael Hewitt said.

The balloon had been traveling from Woodstock to Crystal Lake, the balloon's pilot told police. But when winds changed and he was blown off course, he needed to land.

As the balloon was landing, a wind gust jostled the chute, knocking around the poeple inside the basket, Hewitt said.

The Cary woman was taken by the Huntley Fire Protection District to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin with injuries that were not life-threatening, he said. There were no other injuries.

There was minor damage to the golf course greens, which are going to be handled privately, Hewitt said. No charges were filed.

– Northwest Herald

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