Luke Bryan was in for a double surprise. The country star had just been announced as the first-ever headliner of the Taste of Country Music Festival and he was greeted with unexpected support when the plane he was taking back to Nashville after the Tennessee festival’s final day landed in Knoxville.
Bryan had been left stranded in the airport after a flat tire on his scheduled return flight led to an emergency landing and the cancellation of his stop.
With Bryan’s knee injury, he needed to get back to Nashville immediately. But rather than sit around with reporters and wait for another flight, Bryan took matters into his own hands — by picking up a wheelbarrow.
As he wheeled the wheelbarrow onto the tarmac, Bryan was greeted by Nickelodeon, ABC (the network that makes “Good Morning America”), Buffalo Wild Wings, UPS and several state troopers — all of whom showed up to help him.
While Bryan continues to see the light at the end of the tunnel with his knee injury, he still felt bad about ruining things for one devoted mother who was trying to get home.
“I’m sorry, had to, you know — after the festival, my flight was canceled so I had to come here,” he told reporters. “Me and the trooper, we just kept helping her — asking people, ‘Was her husband there? Was he here?’ You’re down here and you don’t know who the hell you’re helping. If it would have been an older lady, it would have been the least of my worries. The fact that it was a mom, I know it was tough for her.”
But even though Bryan’s plane touched down safely with a flat tire, it wasn’t the first time the star was involved in a tire incident. He was nearly run over at the end of his 2015 Dirt Road Diaries tour after a single wheel hit the front wheels, forcing a nasty crash. Luckily the driver of Bryan’s tour bus was able to stop the tour bus, but Bryan ended up getting himself and the driver of the tour bus injured.
“I almost got ran over again. God was watching out for me,” he joked. “Oh yeah, I’ll definitely start taking better care of my tires. There’s just too many.”