Former senator, astronaut Glenn hospitalized

/ Source: The Associated Press

Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife were expected to be released from the hospital Saturday after getting in a car accident a day earlier, authorities said.

Glenn, 85, and his wife, Annie, 86, were in fair condition Saturday afternoon at Grant Medical Center and were expected to be discharged later in the day, nursing supervisor Louis Tejada said.

Hospital staff would not comment on the extent of their injuries. Police said Saturday no further information was available on the crash.

The driver of the other car, Amy Myers of suburban New Albany, said she was driving east late Friday night when Glenn, who was driving west, tried to turn left onto a highway ramp.

Myers, who was not injured, said her car hit the front of his.

Glenn was “very sincerely sorry,” Myers said.

Glenn, who served in the Senate from 1974 to 1998, first made headlines in 1962, when he piloted the first manned orbital mission of the United States. He went back into space in 1998, at the age of 77.