Team owner Jack Roush was hospitalized Tuesday evening after being involved in a plane crash in Oshkosh, Wis. Roush, 68, was able to walk away from the wreckage (video below) and was transported to the local hospital. The latest reports have Roush listed in serious but stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
"There are injuries. Possible surgery," Roush Fenway Racing president Geoff Smith told The Associated Press. "But he walked out of the plane."
The incident occurred when Roush was attempting to land his Hawker Beechcraft Premier jet during the annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show at the Wittman Regional Airport.
Only one other person was aboard the plane at the time of the accident, Brenda Strickland. She, too, was able to walk away from the crash, but was also transported to the local hospital.
NASCAR CEO Brian France released this statement on Wednesday: "On behalf of the NASCAR industry our hearts and prayers go out to Jack Roush, the Roush family and Roush Fenway Racing. All of us are looking forward to a full and speedy recovery."
This is not the first time Roush has been involved in a plane accident. On his 60th birthday in 2002, Roush was flying one of his experimental planes in Troy, Ala., when he hit a power line and flipped into a pond. The crash trapped Roush under water, but he was rescued by retired Marine Larry Hicks, who dove in the water three times attempting to pull him free.
In that incident, Roush suffered rib fractures, a lung injury and a closed head injury. He also had multiple fractures to his left leg, including a compound fracture of the femur.
He was lucky to be alive, but never thought twice about getting back in the sky. Perhaps after Tuesday’s close call, Roush will give experimental flying more thought.
UPDATE: Video of Jack Roush emerging from the plane.
Jack Roush Plane Crash
Roush Fenway Racing officials announced Wednesday that team owner Jack Roush remained hospitalized and was listed in serious, but stable condition. Following Tuesday’s wreck, Roush is under observation for facial injuries.
Roush’s passenger, Brenda Strickland, was treated and released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Since news broke of the accident, Roush has received an outpouring of support. Wednesday, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France added his name to that list.
“On behalf of the NASCAR industry our hearts and prayers go out to Jack Roush, the Roush family and Roush Fenway Racing," France said. "All of us are looking forward to a full and speedy recovery.”
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