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Roush Upgraded to Satisfactory

April 28, 2002

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was upgraded to satisfactory condition Sunday as he recovers from injuries sustained in a small plane crash.

Roush hit a power line and flipped the tiny plane upside down into 8 feet water April 19.

Roush was initially listed in critical condition after being transported to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital, but has since been moved from intensive care to a private room.

Although doctors were most worried about a head injury, it turned out Roush’s biggest problem was his left leg, badly broken in four places.

``Both of my feet are pointed the same way. Both of my eyes are pointed straight ahead,″ Roush said in a telephone news conference Saturday morning from his Alabama hospital bed.

``I’ve got a little bit of oxygen hooked up to me, but I’ve got all the tubes out of me. I’ve got an IV going with antibiotics to offset any germs or organisms I might have picked up in the water. But, on a scale of one to 10, I’m about an eight right now.″

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