Five members of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Ghost Inside and five crew members are in stable condition with various injuries after their tour bus collided with a tractor trailer Nov. 19 east of El Paso, Texas. The collision killed the drivers of both vehicles.
According to KFMX and CBS4, the band was traveling west on U.S. 62/180 from Lubbock to Phoenix. They had performed in Lubbock on Nov. 18 and were scheduled to perform in Phoenix on Nov. 20. The crash occurred around 9:16 MT.
The impact killed bus driver Gregory Hoke, 31, of Round Rock, Texas, and commercial truck driver Steven Cunningham, 64, of Las Cruces, N.M. Responders pronounced both men dead at the scene. The 10 band and crew members were taken to an El Paso hospital. Three of the band members are reportedly in critical condition.
According to various reports, Mr. Cunningham was driving the tractor trailer east while the bus was headed west. Images of the crash scene show the front ends of both vehicles decimated.
On a GoFundMe page created to help the injured cope with medical expenses and funeral expenses for Mr. Hoke, who leaves behind a young child, Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley say he was “really struggling to find the words today for what the last 24 hours have brought.”
“First and foremost I would like to send my condolences to the families of the two drivers that lost their lives in the accident yesterday,” Mr. Riley said. “I hope that their loss is not forgotten in all this tragedy. Secondly I have to say that the amount of actual assistance being provided to all of us is nothing short of overwhelming. Far beyond thoughts and prayers but actual tangible help that will go a long way in what is sure to be a lengthy recovery. At this moment everyone has family with them and they are being treated by incredible medical staff here in El Paso. I know everyone is anxious for information. It will come when it’s appropriate. For now know that everyone’s condition is stable or better and the love you are raining down during this unthinkable time is felt by the ones that need it most. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. TGI forever.”