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Plane bringing several crew members to Nashville struck by lightning

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - A jet carrying several NASCAR Nationwide Series team members was struck by lightning before landing at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport on Saturday, according to a JR Motorsports spokesman. All passengers and crew were unhurt in the incident.

The ExpressJet charter plane was carrying crew members from JRM, Rusty Wallace Racing and Braun Racing. About 15 minutes before the scheduled landing, it was hit by lightning as storms engulfed the area.

The plane landed without incident.