Jack Roush crashes in Troy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 20, 2002

Jack Roush, owner of Roush Racing, was injured Friday when a plane he was piloting crashed into a pond in north Pike County.

According to information released by Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage, the crash occurred about 6 p.m. in the pond near Palos Verdes estates off U.S. 231. The one-person lightweight aircraft crashed into the pond. Details of the accident are under investigation, and representatives of the FAA and NTSB are expected to arrive in Troy on Saturday.

Although police would not release the identity of the pilot, sources confirmed it was Roush, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday. He was taken from the scene of the accident to Edge Regional Medical Center, where he was stabilized before being transported via medical helicopter to Birmingham. A police spokesman described the injuries as "severely critical," but could not elaborate.

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Roush is chairman of the board of Roush Enterprises, which employs more than 1,800 people in more than 50 facilities in five states, Mexico and England and has corporate sales of more than $300 million. Roush Enterprises consists of three divisions: Roush Industries, Roush Performance and Roush Racing.

Roush Industries is an engineering and prototype development company servicing the automotive transportation industry. Roush Performance, the maker of high performance road cars and aftermarket performance parts, is the first speciality-vehicle company to combine track-proven race technologies with advanced automotive engineering, according to company statemens. Roush Racing is the world’s largest provider of vertically integrated motorspors marekting programs. It operates eight teams in NASCAR’s three premiere divisions, including in 2001 drivers Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch.