The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says there does not appear to be any survivors of a hot air balloon that caught on fire and crashed Saturday morning.
Officials say the hot air balloon crashed around 7:44 in a field off of Jolly Road north of Cistern Road which is in the Maxwell, TX area. First responders are on the scene and awaiting the FAA and NTSB to get to arrive.
Federal officials will be taking over the investigation as they work to figure out what went wrong. Tents have been set up around the scene and the roads blocked.
According to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office when first responders arrived it was apparent that the basket portion of the hot air balloon was on fire.
Initially federal officials reported that there were 16 people on board the balloon. Local authorities are working to determine the number and identities of the victims at this time.
FOX 7 has a crew in Lockhart.
Lockhart is about 30 miles Southeast of Austin.
Federal investigators say at least 16 people were in the balloon when it caught fire in flight, crashing in a field near Lockhart around 7:40 a.m. DPS says some of the passengers died in the crash but officials are still working to determine how many people died.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are both headed to the scene.
The names of pilots and passengers have not yet been released.
Lockhart is about 30 miles south of Austin.
From 2002-2012, data from the National Transportation Safety Board shows 16 people died in hot air balloon accidents.