Women hurt in balloon crash
AN ELDERLY woman suffered fractures and another woman was left with spinal injuries after a hot-air balloon crashed on landing near Newcastle on Saturday.
They were among 15 people on board the balloon that police said tipped over when it hit a bush during a heavy landing just after 7am at Greta, 21km north of Cessnock.
Police said the two women were among six people injured in the crash. Four others suffered minor injuries.
It is understood a number of balloons were trying to land at the same time.