Hot air balloon crash victim speaks out

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A woman injured when a hot air balloon crashed in Hannibal over the weekend spoke to WGEM News Monday night about her experience.

The balloon went out of control as it attempted to land at Hannibal-La Grange University during the Hannibal Bicentennial Celebration Balloon Festival Saturday night, officials said.

“I was hoping to have a good time with my kids and my brother and my niece and it just turned into something horrible,” said Hannah Young, 26, of Quincy.

Young said she pushed her kids to the ground when she realized they weren’t going to be able to get out of the hot air balloon’s path in time. The balloon then crashed into the crowd and the basket struck Young.

Young spent two days in the hospital. She was transferred from Hannibal Regional Hospital to Quincy’s Blessing Hospital Saturday night. She was released Monday afternoon.

“I have a severe concussion and a twisted spine and it’s also bruised,” said Young.

Young said the man piloting the hot air balloon has offered to pay for her medical bills. She said he also apologized.

Young said her doctors think it will be weeks before her concussion is healed. As for her twisted spine, she said she will have to see a specialist for treatment on that.

“I’m not allowed to do any strenuous activities or anything. No TV or no texting. I can’t climb stairs. I can’t drive. Anything that requires long periods of concentration, I can’t do,” she said.

Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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