The potential of getting into an accident doesn’t take a holiday – even on Christmas.
ABC 7 in San Francisco reports that members of the local thrash metal band, Hemorage, were injured when a suspected DUI motorist in the SOMA district rammed their tour bus.
Authorities say the crash happened at approximately 1:30 a.m. following an after-party in Sacramento where the band had played. The band was on their way home and had exited the freeway when a white pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed hit the bus that also converted into the band’s stage.
The force of the impact caused severe damage to the bus and injured both the band’s lead singer, Toby Bona Pak and lead guitarist, Jon Orc. Pak and Orc were treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and released.
Police arrested the male driver of the pickup truck and took him into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. So far, officials have not released any further information about the suspect.
Although the band is lucky to be alive, the damage to their bus and stage has forced them to cancel a gig on New Year’s Eve and another in Los Angeles in February around the time of the Grammys. Later, the band planned to go on tour in Texas. Now all of those plans are on hold.
Orc told ABC that their losses have been significant. A new bus could cost $20,000, not to mention replacing the instruments and equipment damaged in the crash.