Josh Turner shared a heartfelt statement via Facebook on Sept. 24, six days after a bus crash killed one member of his road crew, David Turner (no relation) and injured seven others.
“As I try to write this I don’t know what to say,” said Josh via Facebook. “It’s a struggle to put into words the devastation and grief that our road family is trying to process. We lost a beloved member of our team, David Turner. He was like a brother to so many in this industry and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Please continue to keep David’s family in your prayers.”
Josh noted that the seven surviving crew members—Bradley Dratnol, Richard Lazarus, John Dauphniee, Carl Hardin, Justin Lambert, Jed Downing and James Mayo—suffered “significant injuries and many have long roads to recovery.”
Josh’s management company created a GoFundMe page with a $100,000 goal to assist the injured crew members and David Turner’s family.
According to the crash report, the bus, which was not carrying Josh, left the roadway for unknown reasons and dove off a 50-foot embankment. The California Highway Patrol has ruled out drugs or alcohol as the cause of the crash.
Josh has suspended all tour dates.
Josh concluded his Facebook post by saying, “Your prayers have been felt. Please keep praying.”
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