Glider crashes near Rover

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

By David Melson

Special to the Tribune

ROVER, Tenn. - The pilot of a single-seat glider escaped with his life after crashing on U.S. 41A near the Rover glider port late Sunday afternoon.

Doug Miller of Franklin was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center from nearby Russell Puckett Field. The grass runway was within sight of the crash site in northern Bedford County.

Miller was conscious but "got a pretty good lick on his head," said the glider's co-owner, Gary Davis of Murfreesboro.

"He just entered the (landing) pattern a little low and slow and went into a spin," Davis said.

The glider struck trees in the front yard of the Johnny May residence as it crashed. May said he "heard a noise and came out and it was on the pavement."

Gouge marks show the glider hit the roadway before sliding to a halt on its roof in a field.