Alien Ant Farm’s tour bus collided with a truck in Cáceres, Spain, early Wednesday morning (May 22), resulting in the bus driver’s death and the band sustaining minor injuries.
The members of the band were taken to a nearby hospital, roughly 200 kilometers west of Madrid, according to a Dreamworks Records spokesperson. Singer Dryden Mitchell sustained back injuries, guitarist Terry Corso broke his ankle, bassist Tye Zamora injured his foot and drummer Mike Cosgrove entered the hospital with cuts and bruises as a result of the accident. The bandmembers were asleep in their bunks at the time of the crash, which occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m.
The 26-year-old bus driver was killed, and David Zajic, the head of the band’s security from the Czech Republic, suffered undisclosed injuries deemed critical by the label spokesperson. Five other members of Alien Ant Farm’s entourage also suffered injuries, which ranged from broken ankles to superficial wounds.
“We send our condolences and prayers to the family of the driver and our prayers are with David in hopes that he has a full recovery,” the band’s manager, John Boyle, said. “We’re obviously very fortunate and thankful the band and crew survived the accident.”
The bus was on its way to Portugal, where Alien Ant Farm were scheduled to play a show in Lisbon on Thursday, when it collided with the parked truck. The truck’s 39-year-old driver was slightly wounded, according to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
Alien Ant Farm were then set to return to Spain to take part in the Festimad festival on Friday. The group will no longer play either the Lisbon show or the festival, the last two dates on its European tour. AAF will also be unable to perform at their first Stateside gig, the radio show WHFStival in Washington, D.C. It’s not known if additional live commitments can be honored.
[This story was updated at 3:05 P.M. EST on 05.22.02.]