CAROLINE, VA (WWBT) - The Medical Examiner's Office released the causes of death Tuesday in last week's deadly hot air balloon crash.
Natalie Lewis died of acute thermal injury, while Virginia Doyle died of blunt force trauma to her neck and torso and Daniel Kirk died of blunt force trauma of head, torso and extremities, according to the Medical Examiner. The report also states the deaths were accidental.
The fiery crash, captured in photo and video by witnesses on Friday, killed the pilot, Kirk, and two University of Richmond women's basketball team staff members.
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Doyle served as associate head women's basketball coach at the University of Richmond. Lewis was director of basketball operations.
The crash came during the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival at Meadow Event Park. The remainder of the festival was subsequently canceled.
The balloon was piloted by Kirk, a veteran ballooner with more than 30 years experience, when it struck a power line and caught fire around 7:56 p.m. Friday. Kirk began emergency safety maneuvers to get the fire under control, but witnesses told troopers the gondola and balloon eventually separated. Witnesses also reported hearing what sounded like two explosions.