Thompson suffered a broken shoulder and bassist Ashley Hutchings was sent to the hospital with assorted serious injuries, while guitarist Simon Nicol, who'd been sleeping on the floor of the vehicle when it went off the road, escaped with a concussion. On this particular gig, he'd been feeling peaky all day, quite unwell," explained Nicol in a post on the Fairport Convention website. When I woke up, the van was doing things which didn't involve the wheels being in contact with the ground: when it stopped moving, I was the only one left.
All the gear had gone out of the back and all the people had gone out through the windows and doors.
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With the release of their next album mere weeks away, the members of the group had to decide whether they could even carry on as a unit. In the aftermath, we thought a lot about what to do, whether to call it a day.
It had been fun while it lasted but it took a definite effort of will to continue," recalled Nicol. When I woke up at the side of the M1, I thought I'd lost my sight. As it was, it was just that both eyes were terribly cut and bruised, and eventually, that improved. But I had a broken nose, broken cheekbone, a lot of head injuries, a broken pelvis, a bad ankle injury. All of those things took a long time to heal.
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People were asking us about the future, but we couldn't conceive of planning one. Has the stuffing been knocked out of us? We got together and said, 'Yes, we are carrying on. But by the time Ashley's face was back together and Richard's bones were healing, we'd decided to rebuild the band and carry on.
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Street said a firefighter from the Panguitch department also spoke Mandarin and was able to help interpret and translate. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it was dispatching a team to the crash to investigate its cause. The Chinese embassy in Washington, D. There were few details about the cause of the crash on Friday afternoon, but by the end of the day Street said officials had a good idea of what happened.
Street said the driver of the bus had a microphone, and he would talk to passengers as they traveled.
Street said troopers will reconstruct the scene to see if the driver was speeding. The weather was clear in south central Utah on Friday morning. Street, in a televised news briefing at 5 p. Friday, said the driver was a Chinese-American. Everyone else aboard was a Chinese national. The bus was run by America Shengjia Inc. This California company was registered as a business in Utah, but that registration expired in August , according to the state Division of Corporations and Commercial Code.
SR remained was closed much of Friday for 14 miles beginning at U.
Highway 89 and stretching east to State Road It reopened around p. Driedonks, who owns the Bryce Wildlife Adventure Museum, heard the accident happen. Driedonks said he spoke with a man who was also driving on SR at the time and witnessed the accident. The bus ended up on top of a guardrail, flipped on its side.
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There were lots of paramedics. Garfield County Sheriff James D. Perkins tweeted that without the help of volunteers, more lives could have been lost. On Jan.
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Highway near Mexican Hat in San Juan County, and rolled into a drainage ditch, killing nine passengers and injuring 43 more. In , three Japanese tourists were killed when their small tour bus — en route from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon — rolled on Interstate 15 just north of Cedar City. Ten other passengers were injured. On Dec.
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