The Ghost Inside have reportedly survived a fatal accident after their tour bus collided with a semi-truck just East of El Paso in Texas.
US radio station KFMX broke the news after they were sent a photo of the incident by trucker Jay Ivie who passed the scene of the crash. Ive told the station that three of the band’s members were pulled from the wreckage while he was at the scene.
He also said that two people inside the semi-truck have reportedly died.
The Amity Affliciton’s Joel Birch tweeted that he has spoken to Jim Riley from the band and can confirm that the band and all their crew are alive, however, various outlets are now reporting that some of the people on the bus have sustained injuries.
CBS4 reporter Lashay Wesley has tweeted that multiple people were airlifted to a local hospital. The brother of drummer Nick Tkaczyk has since taken to his Facebook saying, “Andrew was airlifted to the hospital this morning after his bus was involved in an accident.”
“He is alive, however he has suffered head trauma, as well as broken bones in his lower extremities, and a shoulder injury. He is currently in ICU and may require surgery.”
A Gofundme page has already been set up to help pay for the band’s medical bills and damaged equipment.
“Multiple members of the band and crew suffered serious injuries during the ordeal. Equipment was also lost in addition to various medical bills incurred,” the creator Brian Storm wrote.
The band are currently on tour in the US and played a show in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday night. They were on route to their Friday show in Mesa, Ariz.
More on this as it develops.
UPDATE 10.55am: A representative for The Ghost Inside has released a short statement on the band’s Facebook page, confirming “All 5 band members + all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries.” Read the full statement here:
“Thanks to everyone who reached out with concern today. The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus accident outside El Paso, TX this morning. All 5 band members + all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it. Unfortunately, all US shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can.”
UPDATE 23/11/15: The Ghost Inside have shared an update on their continuing recovery, and have called for discretion as images of the fatal Texas bus crash circulate online.
UPDATE 01/12/15: The Ghost Inside have cancelled all their current tour dates, including Australia’s Big Ass Tour, and have released a statement saying they wish to focus on their recovery following the fatal bus crash in Texas.
TGI + crew are alive. I just spoke to @SpartaDTD from his ambulance. This is fucked up.
— Joel Birch (@JoelDTD) November 19, 2015
— Substream Magazine (@Substream) November 19, 2015
Here's a closer look at the accident. Multiple people we transported via medical helicopter. pic.twitter.com/CVAmX4vz8d
— Lashay Wesley (@LashayKATU) November 19, 2015
— Parkway Drive (@parkwayofficial) November 19, 2015
Hoping all the guys in @theghostinside and their crew come out of this okay.
Keep them all in your thoughts today ❤️
— Trophy Eyes (@trophyeyesmusic) November 19, 2015