Horrific news just in.
Five people have tragically died after a horror hot air balloon crash.
The crash, which took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, occurred when the balloon crashed into a power line around Central Avenue and Unser Boulevard, causing power to go out in the area.
Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Gilbert Gallegos went into more detail.
Gallegos told CNN:
The balloon hit the top wires — the gondola of the balloon skirted along the top wire, caught on fire and crashed into the intersection.
Unfortunately when police and fire officials arrived they found four deceased on site.
A fifth person was critically injured and hospitalized.
However tragically he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Of the five people that died in the accident, three were men and two were women, Albuquerque Police confirmed in a statement.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller tweeted:
Liz and I are heartbroken by the ballooning accident this morning. This is a terrible tragedy for our city and the ballooning community worldwide.
Speaking at a news conference, Keller added that a retired APD Officer was one of the deceased.
Keller said in a statement that retired APD officer Martin Martinez, 59, and his wife Mary Martinez, 62, were among the deceased. The three other victims have not been named at the time of writing.
The school district also commented on the tragedy, writing:
Their families are experiencing deep suffering right now. Sgt. Martinez will forever be remembered for his lifelong dedication, courage, and selflessness to the profession of law enforcement. He had long careers with both the Albuquerque Police Department and the Albuquerque Public Schools Police Department.
Many police officers had to be sent home.
Police Chief Harold Medina explained:
We did have to send a number of officers home. It took its toll on them.
It’s just a very tragic situation. Our officers who arrived first on scene had a tough time when they saw what they saw. These things are just horrible anytime they happen.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this horrific tragedy.
Rest in peace.