Country Singer Josh Turner Responds After 1 Crew Member Dead, Several Injured In Bus Crash

A man has died and seven others were injured as a result of a bus crash on Sept. 19 — two were left with severe injuries.

That evening, the San Luis Obispo Fire Department (or SLOFD) were notified of the motor vehicle accident near Shandon, Calif.

The SLOFD confirmed on Twitter that the passenger bus was carrying the road crew of American country and gospel singer, Josh Turner.

Turner, 41, and the rest of his bandmates were not present on the bus, but on another instead.

The large passenger bus was reportedly travelling eastbound on a highway in the San Luis Obispo Country before it veered off the road and plunged into an embankment.

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Earlier that night, Turner and his crew were in Paso Robles, Calif. for a performance at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, Turner addressed the “devastation and grief” he’s experiencing after the accident.

“As I try to write this I don’t know what to say. It’s a struggle to put into words the devastation and grief that our road family is trying to process. We lost a beloved member of our team, David Turner. He was like a brother to so many in this industry and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Please continue to keep David’s family in your prayers,” he wrote on Facebook.

“All of our crew suffered significant injuries and many have long roads to recovery. I would ask that you give them privacy during this time,” he continued.

“Many of you have asked where you can support the guys and their families. My management company has created a Go Fund Me page for our road family for anyone wishing to contribute. https://www.gofundme.com/f/JTcrewdonations,
Turner added. “Your prayers have been felt. Please keep praying.”

Currently, the Your Man singer is on the latter half of a short U.S. tour.

His next performance is scheduled for the Yakima Valley SunDome & Central Washington State Fair in Yakima, Wash. this Friday, Sept. 20.

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— With files from the Associated Press

adam.wallis@globalnews.ca

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