Poison front man and reality TV star Bret Michaels suffered bumps and bruises as a result of a collision between his tour bus and herd of deer. The accident happened on June 21, 2013 early in the morning en route to Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was scheduled to perform.
“I am thankful there were no serious injuries. It is unfortunate for the deer, but thankfully due to modern RV technology and a steel firewall, we are all okay. I have every intention to make tonight’s show in Biloxi and the tour will continue,” Michaels told the media shortly after the accident.
Michaels was traveling in his brand new tour bus between Abilene, Texas and Biloxi, Mississippi at the time of the crash. Michaels, as well as his driver and head of security, only got minor cuts and bruises when the bus collided with some deer in the road.
Michaels is no stranger to health scares. In 2009 at the Tony Awards, Michaels sustained a fractured nose and split lip after he was hit by a piece of equipment that fell from the ceiling. In 2010, Michaels was hospitalized three times: once with appendicitis, then again with a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and a third time after he suffered a stroke, the result of a hole in his heart.
This is Michaels’ second tour bus crash. Back in July of 2009, he was involved in an accident when a car lost control and hit his tour bus in Canada. The car that lost control caused a five-car pile up. No injuries were reported, and Michaels and his crew were “released from the scene” after an investigation.
One of Michaels’ crewmates was involved in a bus crash that ended his VH1 television show. VH1 shut down production of the popular Rock of Love franchise due to a fatal bus accident. One of Bret Michaels’ crewmembers was driving a bus carrying his music equipment. The driver, Dennis Hernandez, was driving with a suspended license.
Police reports state that Hernandez fell asleep while driving and killed two people and injured others. 51 Minds Entertainment crew member Dennis Hernandez was cited for driving with a suspended license and other offenses as his car “crossed over into the northbound lanes of Interstate 57” and struck a pickup truck, seriously injuring two Florida residents inside the truck. Hernandez’s car then smashed into a sports-utility vehicle, killing two.
Bret Michaels released this statement shortly after the accident. “As a father of two, I cannot even imagine what the families must be going through at this time. I will make every attempt to reach out to them to let them know that my heart and prayers are with them during their time of grief.”
Bret is best known for Poison’s hit single in the mid-’80s, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” He also won Season 9 of The Apprentice.