September 19, 2019

One member of Josh Turner's road crew was killed and seven more injured when the bus they were traveling in went off an embankment in California Wednesday evening. The country singer, who was not on the bus, is reportedly “devastated,” and has postponed all of his remaining September tour dates. (Turner’s band members were likewise not on the bus involved in the crash.)

Following a performance at Vina Robles Amphitheater Wednesday night, the bus departed, bound for Washington State, where another show was scheduled for Thursday. The California Highway Patrol reports that, as the bus was traveling eastbound on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, it left the road due to undetermined causes, traveled 20 yards through vegetation, then fell off of an 80-foot cliff, landing in a sandy riverbed.

Numerous passengers reportedly suffered major injuries, with two being ejected from the vehicle entirely, one of whom died. Emergency crews reported that the driver was removed alive and transported to a Fresno, CA hospital.

Universal Music Group released the following statement on Thursday:
Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss. Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers. All remaining shows in September will be rescheduled for a later date.