MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash near Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro on Monday morning.
"And I saw the car is heading towards it in the opposite direction and slam on their brakes. At that point the right wing dipped slightly, then the left wing depth slightly, and then the wheels crashed into contact with and made contact with the school zone sign," eyewitness Pam Bohall said. "At that point the plane stopped and had a controlled descent up until that point and then it landed straight down onto the ground and spun 90 degrees perpendicular to the road and the wheels broke and the tail crashed. What he might have not known is where the presence of that school zone sign was. It was unavoidable."
Murfreesboro Police said the pilot, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. The pilot was alert and talking before taken to the hospital.
"The speed of the plane and altitude of the plane were factors in that I think because it was low enough and slow enough as it was descending that you didn't have the velocity involved," Bohall said.
The two-seat single engine Cessna crashed just before 9 a.m. After the crash, Bohall said she then instinctively helped to alert oncoming drivers.
"If I could get enough peoples attention coming towards the scene to slow down or even turn around that would clear the area for emergency vehicles. I said a lot of prayers," Bohall said.
Dejarnette Lane near the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport reopened after authorities were able to remove the plane from the road just after 10:30 a.m.