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None of the band members’ injuries were serious. One band member required stitches, another was taken to the hospital in Vivian for observation and three others were walking around, said Sheriff Steve Prator. Four others on the tour bus were not hurt, he said.
Adkins was not in the tour bus; he had arrived in Bossier City, LA early. Trace went to the accident scene in a van, picked up the uninjured members of his band and went to the hospital in Vivian to check on the others. “He was extremely concerned, as you might expect,” Prator said of Trace. “He was comforting the band members. He helped them load their luggage and then headed to the hospital.”
The accident happened at 9:30 a.m. on U.S. 71, four miles south of Ida in far north Caddo Parish. Prator said the pickup had been swerving before it crossed the center line and hit the tour bus. Both men in the pickup were apparently killed on impact, Prator said. Deputies were interviewing witnesses and trying to determine why the pickup was swerving.