Alien Ant Farm Singer Likely To Need Surgery For Back Injury

Dryden Mitchell and his bandmates were hurt when their bus hit a truck in

Alien Ant Farm frontman Dryden Mitchell remains overseas recovering from

serious back injuries suffered in a bus accident in Spain last week.

The impact fractured his C2 vertebra, which is likely to require surgery,

according to a DreamWorks Records spokesperson.

Mitchell was transported to a London hospital Friday, where he was put in

traction and outfitted with a metal halo that restricts movement in his

upper body. There's no word on when he may return home.

"I'm just so grateful that my injuries aren't worse," Mitchell said in a

statement. "There will be a lot of rehabilitation and physical therapy, but

I'm planning on working hard so the band can get back to writing songs, and

then we can get in the studio and record the new album as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, his three bandmates, all of whom were injured in the wreck, are

recuperating at home, the DreamWorks spokesperson said.

Alien Ant Farm's tour bus collided with a truck on May 22 while on its way

to a gig in Portugal (see "Alien Ant Farm

Injured In Bus Accident"). In addition to Mitchell's injuries,

guitarist Terry Corso broke his ankle, bassist Tye Zamora chipped a bone in

his foot, and drummer Mike Cosgrove sustained cuts and bruises.

The driver, 26-year-old Christopher Holland, was killed, and AAF's security

head, David Zajic, remains in critical condition with multiple skull and

facial fractures.

"We are extremely concerned about David," Mitchell's statement continued.

"He's our best friend, and we're praying for a full recovery."

Last week the band canceled all of its May and June tour dates, and now the

group has withdrawn from the July 27 Rolling Rock Town Fair as well (see

"Bus Accident Forces Alien Ant Farm To

Cancel Shows").

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