Josh Thompson: Uneasy Rider
Weekend bus crash was preceded by parking lot incident.
What stands a greater chance of being involved in an accident, a rolling bus or a parked car? According to Josh Thompson, both!
You may have heard that on Sunday (Sept. 9), Josh and his crew were heading from Lebanon, Tenn., to a show in Arkansas when an accident occurred. According to Josh, they had boarded the bus for the trip, and at 3 a.m. they were traveling through a construction zone when a tractor-trailer boxed them in, forcing the bus into a guard rail. "It popped every tire on the right side, pretty much wore all the rims down," he tells CountryWeekly.com. "It threw all of us out of our bunks, it threw all the doors and drawers off the hinges and everything was just piled up on the floor."
The band cleaned everything up, transferred their equipment to a new bus and trailer, and got back on the road, making it in time for the show. "We were rattled," Josh admits. "And coming home, you hit a rumble strip even for a second and you're jumpy because that's the first thing we felt—the rumble strip and then the rail."
But the week prior to the crash, after a three-day run, Josh, his crew and songwriter Brandon Kinney returned to the bus lot where they left their cars and found chaos. "Someone got out of jail, got drunk, got a car and hit four of our vehicles," Josh says. "It tore Brandon's front bumper, it peeled my back bumper almost completely off, and then it hit my road manager Craig's car on the back bumper and almost ripped it off. The insurance company is loving us right now."
It's been a tough couple of years for country artists. Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Pat Green have all had bus fires, while Chris Young narrowly missed a fire when someone spotted smoke on his bus.