All shows expected to be rescheduled
Josh Turner has postponed the remaining tour dates for September following a fatal accident involving one his tour buses late last night (Wed, Sept 18th) in Central California. The accident left one person on his crew dead and several others injured after falling down a steep embankment.
“Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss,” a rep from Turner’s label, Universal Music Nashville, says. “Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers. All remaining shows in September will be rescheduled for a later date.”
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says the bus left following a concert at Vina Robles in San Luis Obispo County when the driver veered f the road through vegetation until he hit a riverbed on Highway 46 in Shandon just before midnight. The bus went over an 80 foot cliff where it impacted the sand, killing one and leaving others sustaining major injuries.
Emergency crews extracted the driver and transported him to a Fresno hospital. CHP ficials confirm that neither Turner nor his band were on the bus.
The bus following says no break lights were seen as it left the road. CHP will impound the vehicle to check for mechanical issues.
Firefighters had to use rope to help get the patients out the embankment.
The buses were on their way for a Friday show in Washington state before playing in Oregon on Saturday night. They were set to return to Mid-Southern California on Monday to perform at the Kern County Fair in Bakersfield where Phil Vassar has been named as Turner’s replacement.
Turner has yet to publicly address the incident. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Turner, his crew and their families.