Doug Stone in Stable Condition After Crashing His Ultralight Plane

Atlantic Recording artist Doug Stone, 43, was injured Tuesday (March 7) when the ultralight aircraft he was piloting crashed in Robertson County, Tenn. His guitarist, Rusty Van Sickle, who saw the crash, drove him to the Northcrest Medical Center in Springfield, Tenn.

“He has a broken left ankle and a cracked rib,” reports Atlantic publicist Athena Fortenberry. “He also had a concussion. However, he is alert now. He’s in stable condition and doing fine. They suspect he may have a bruised kidney. But they won’t know that until they get his [X-ray] film back. They’ve decided to keep him overnight for observation. But it looks like he’ll probably be able to go home tomorrow.”

Stone (whose real name is Douglas Brooks) first made his mark in country music in 1990 with the Top 5 single, “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box).” His No. 1 hits include “In a Different Light,” “A Jukebox With a Country Song,” “Too Busy Being in Love” and “Why Didn’t I Think of That.” His current Atlantic album is Make Up In Love.

Stone has also had a history of heart problems.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to