Well known country singer Sammy Kershaw and his band are shaken but uninjured after their tour bus was struck by another vehicle in Nocona, Texas on Friday night.
The 54 year old country crooner told reporters that no one was injured in the accident, but said that both he and the nine members of his band were traumatised and shaken following the incident. The accident occurred at around 11.30 pm when another vehicle hit into the side of the tour bus at high speed, causing major damage to the bus.
The female driver of the car that smashed into the side of Kershaw’s bus, yet to be identified, was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. In a statement, Kershaw said that according to his sources, the woman had fractured her ankle in a few places and sustained facial injuries from her air bag. She is recovering well and is expected to be released from hospital soon.
It is unclear why the female driver collided with the bus, and officials are investigating the cause of the accident. Kershaw and his band have decided not to press charges against the woman.
Despite the accident, Kershaw will go ahead with his scheduled tour dates. Although their tour bus is out of action due to the damage caused in the accident, alternative transportation arrangements have been made for the remainder of the tour. Kershaw is next appearing in Cambridge, Maryland on Friday the 9th of November.
Kershaw said that he believes they had a guardian angel travelling with them on the bus, and it could have turned out far worse for all involved. ‘Buses and cars can be replaced but people can’t’, he said.
The multi-platinum award winning country singer became famous in the early 1990s following a number of memorable country hits, such as ‘She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful’, ‘Feelin’ Good Train’ and ‘Cadillac Style’. He has sold over 5 million albums. Kershaw took the opportunity of his press conference to urge American citizens to go out and vote. He said that he had already voted but didn’t specify which candidate he voted for.
Kershaw’s holiday album, ‘A Sammy Klaus Christmas’ was released on October 22nd via his label, Big Hit Records. The holiday album contains Kershaw’s rendition of some classic Christmas carols, including a unique Cajun version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, paying tribute to his Louisiana upbringing.