David Turner Killed; 7 Injured in Tour Bus Crash in San Luis Obispo County
SHANDON, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2019) – A tour bus carrying Country singer Josh Turner’s road crew crashed late Wednesday night on Highway 46 leaving one person dead and seven others with injuries.
The tour bus crash took place about 11:42 p.m. last night in San Luis Obispo County in the small town of Shandon, according to the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.
Two people were ejected from the bus and one of them identified as passenger, David Turner died. The other who was ejected was one of two people that suffered major injuries. It’s unknown at this time whether or not the victim who died is related to Josh Turner, but he worked as his sound engineer.
Five others had moderate injuries. All of them were transported to hospitals for further treatment, but it’s unknown where at this time.
The tour bus, which was carrying eight people, heading eastbound on Highway 46 and was on its way back from a Josh Turner concert at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. The road crew aboard the bus was on their way to Washington for a concert scheduled for Thursday.
The bus driver of the bus went off the roadway and roughly 80 feet down an embankment.
Josh Turner was not aboard the bus at the time of the crash. Turner was scheduled to preform at the Kern County Fair on Monday, September 23, but it has since been canceled.
“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,” a statement by Turner’s representatives said.
Joshua Otis Turner is an American country and gospel singer who is signed to MCA Nashville Records. His debut album’s title track, “Long Black Train”, was his breakthrough single release in 2003, according to Wikipedia.
The California Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation into the cause of the collision. They have already ruled out drugs and alcohol as a possible cause and are now checking to see if mechanical problems were to blame.
The investigation will also seek to inspect the medical history of the driver who is in his 50s. The driver was one of the victims who was airlifted to Cottage Hospital in Fresno.
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