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There were no survivors in the crash near Lockhart, about 30 miles south of Austin, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.
Here’s the latest information on the crash:
— Two sources told the media the balloon may have struck power lines.
— Caldwell County Judge Ken Schawe said information on cause is very limited but that it appears the balloon collided with a power line before catching fire and crashing to the ground.
— A source with the Texas Department of Public Safety earlier told Polo Sandoval that investigators believe the hot air balloon struck power lines and caught fire. This is the preliminary working theory, the source said.
— The name of the company involved in the crash is Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides, an official with direct knowledge of the investigation told Rene Marsh. Balloon flights originate in several locations in central Texas and go to dozens of destinations at $399 per passenger, the company says on its website.
— Law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call at 7:44 a.m. (8:44 a.m. ET) about a possible auto accident in the Maxwell area, according to a statement onthe Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management’s Facebook page
. Officers found the balloon basket on fire on the ground, the statement said.