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Emergency services kept busy in the Hunter Valley over the long weekend


Emergency services were kept very busy over the long weekend in the Hunter Valley. 

A woman is recovering in hospital after two hot air balloon collided early on Monday morning.

It’s understood a woman in her 40s who was the pilot was in one balloon when it landed heavily into another balloon on the ground at Luskintyre near Lochinvar at around 8am – she was last reported to have been suffering pelvic injuries and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The mishap came on the last morning of the Balloon Fiesta event that attracted hot air ballooners from across the state to the Hunter Valley.

Meantime the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was also kept busy.

First, on Saturday it was called to Merriwa after a man in his 60s fell from a horse.

The man was stabilised at the scene before being flown to the John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition suffering from head and chest injuries.

On Monday a 56-year-old man was also flown to the John Hunter Hospital after he fell from a roof and was impaled by a garden stake.

The chopper was called to Lochinvar where the incident happened on a property.

The man was flown with the garden stake still impaled to hospital in a stable condition.

Image credit: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service