Glider plane gets stuck on interstate median |

Glider plane gets stuck on interstate median

A Lincoln man sustained only minor injuries after his glider plane lost power and became suspended in several pine trees in the median of Interstate 80.

Richard Pearl was flying his 1999 Grob 109 glider at about 2:36 p.m. Friday when the accident occurred near Blue Canyon, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Gold Run office.

The airplane began losing altitude for unknown reasons and hit a tree in the center median of I-80, becoming suspended vertically in several tees about 20 feet from the ground.

CHP officers, as well as Cal Fire, Caltrans and Truckee Fire personnel responded to the scene and extricated Pearl without incident.

ID released in fatality

The 85-year-old Nevada City man who died at the scene Friday after his Ford Expedition plunged off the road, and hit a tree Friday has been identified as Gerald Bockting.

Bockting was driving eastbound on Highway 20 near the Banner overpass at about 12:35 p.m. and drifted to the right at full speed then off the road on the south side, plunging down the very steep drop-off.

The Expedition then went through a fence and across Granholm Lane, still at full speed for several hundred feet before striking a large tree and sustaining massive front-end damage.

The SUV stopped just 30 feet before a nursery parking lot with a number of vehicles and people. The impact with the tree ruptured the fuel line and the Expedition then caught fire, with bystanders grabbing fire extinguishers and hoses to attempt to put out the flames.

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