Woman Hurt in Hot-Air Balloon Fall

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A woman helping her husband launch his hot-air balloon (search) was seriously injured when her leg got caught in a rope and she was pulled up into the air before falling and crashing through the roof of a barn.

Kathleen J. Long, 53, of Phillipsburg (search), remained in critical condition Monday morning at St. Luke's Hospital. Further details of the injuries she suffered in the accident Sunday were not disclosed.

It was not clear how Long's leg got caught in the rope, but witnesses say she dangled from it for a short time and passed through several tree tops before she was knocked off. She then fell about 50 feet and crashed through the roof of the barn in Bethlehem Township (search).