Members of the Swollen Members Crew had a close call with fate after having their tour bus hit by a train. The train wreck happened Tuesday in Colorado Springs after the group wrapped up a Canadian tour.
Three members of the crew were on board when the tour bus, The Black Pearl, got stuck on a railroad crossing leaving them only seconds to run to safety.
Their tour manager BJ Smith was on board during the incident and feels lucky to be alive. He released a statement on the incident saying,
“Everyone is lucky to be alive. Everything happened so fast we didn’t have time to do anything but get off the bus. From the time the bus got stuck, to the second the train impacted it, was under three minutes. As soon as we heard the railway barrier go down we could hear a train was coming, so we literally had 45 seconds to get off the bus and get as far out of the way as possible. If anyone else would have been on the bus with us they would have been dead because there wouldn’t have been enough time to wake them up and get off the bus.”
The actual make up of the group, Madchild, Prevail, Trey Nyce and Rob The Viking were not onboard at the time. According to Prevail, had they been onboard their fate would have been far different. He commented on the situation through a statement saying,
“This morning I got news that our tour bus, ‘The Black Pearl,” got hit by a train in Colorado Springs. Luckily everyone was able to get off just in time, because the bus was totally destroyed. The spot where the train impacted was where we would have been sleeping if we had been on the bus. It’s scary to think how fragile life can be when something like this happens.”
Swollen Members were touring in support of their new studio album, “Armed To The Teeth,” which hit stores in October.