The Ghost Inside Involved in Fatal Bus Accident
L.A. metalcore outfit the Ghost Inside were involved in a bus accident on Thursday (Nov. 19) that has taken the lives of two and left three of the band’s members in critical condition.
The band’s bus collided with an 18-wheeler semi-truck outside of El Paso, Texas, on Thursday. Both the band’s bus driver, Gregory Hoke, and the semi-truck driver, Steven Cunningham, were killed in the accident.
Ten more people sustained serious injuries, including members of the band. The Ghost Inside frontman Jonathan Vigil, guitarist Zach Johnson and drummer Andrew Tkaczyk are in critical condition. Billboard reports Tkaczyk suffered head trauma and broken bones. Bassist Jim Riley and touring guitarist Chris Davis are also in the hospital with serious injuries. Members of the band’s crew also sustained significant injuries. Danny Lupio and Charles Billings are in critical condition. Nathan Wilden, Armando Corona and Timothy Davis have serious injuries.
The band issued a statement to their Facebook regarding the accident:
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 US shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can.
It’s expected the band will also cancel their upcoming Australian tour.
A GoFundMe page has been launched to raise money for Hoke’s funeral arrangements and the band’s medical expenses. You can contribute right here.