FRESNO, California (KGPE) — Seven crew members of country and gospel singer, Josh Turner, are being treated at various hospitals in central California after their bus crashed off the road. Two of them are being treated in Fresno at Community Regional Medical Center.
The two recovering in Fresno are Brad Dratnol and Jim Mayo, who are the bus driver and Turner’s tour manager respectively. They are both listed in serious condition.
Turner and his team were on their way to Yakima, Wash., from Paso Robles when the crash happened. California Highway Patrol said around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, the bus went off the road — eventually driving over a cliff around 50 feet high.
David Turner, a sound engineer, died in the crash. Seven others ended up with moderate to severe injuries, CHP said. Turner and his band were in a different bus.
“It was reported that two of the people in the bus were ejected. We had several portable lights down there in order to work,” said CAL FIRE spokesman Adan Orozco. “We used numerous amounts of tools…to help remove these patients.”
Dratnol was brought to CRMC from the crash scene, while Mayo was taken there after initial treatment at another hospital.
Over social media, friends of Dratnol are hoping for the best. In a Facebook message, Harley Tiffany Taylor said, “We are all here in Tennessee praying for Brad and all involved.”
Another friend, Terry McCuthcheon, said, “He’s one of my best friends, a brother. He has a heart of gold and would help anyone in need.”
While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, so far, drugs and alcohol have been ruled out.
Universal Music Group put out a statement saying Turner has canceled the rest of his shows this month. He was supposed to perform at the Kern County Fair on Monday and in Modesto next Wednesday.