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Appeals court lets air out of balloon injuries case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court has let the air out of a lawsuit brought by a woman injured by a runaway hot air balloon.

The 4th District Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the case brought by Patti Roberts of Beaver Dam.

Roberts was hurt while standing in line waiting for a hot air balloon ride at a charity event in Beaver Dam. The balloon was tethered to the ground by three ropes attached to trees and a large truck.

A gust of wind led to one of the tethers snapping, causing the basket and balloon to skid along the ground knocking down and injuring Roberts.

She sued Sundog Ballooning, but the appeals court says Wisconsin law provides it immunity from Roberts’ injury claims because it happened during a recreational activity.

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