The tour bus carrying Los Angeles metalcore band THE GHOST INSIDE was involved in a fatal crash with an 18-wheeler semi truck on Thursday (November 19).
Two people were killed in the collision: the driver of the 18-wheeler and the driver of the bus.
This accident occurred around 9:16 a.m. local time on Hwy 180 in Texas about 24 miles east of El Paso.
According to KFOX, THE GHOST INSIDE drummer Andrew Tkaczyk, guitarist Zach Johnson and singer Jonathan Vigil received serious injuries and were transported to University Medical Center via helicopter. They are said to be in critical condition. THE GHOST INSIDE bassist Jim Riley and touring guitarist Chris Davis are said to have suffered serious injuries and they are said to be in stable condition.
Andrew Tkaczyk’s brother Nick Tkaczyk posted the following message to his Facebook page: “For those not in the know, my brother 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. Please give us all your prayers, thoughts, whatever it is that you do, as we need it.”
THE GHOST INSIDE issued a statement following the incident Thursday: “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 U.S. shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can.”
A GoFundMe fundraising campaign for the bus driver was set up following the accident.