The tour bus carrying Los Angeles-based melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside collided head-on with a semi tractor trailer on Thursday morning. The accident took place just after 9 a.m. on U.S. Highway 180 outside of El Paso, Texas. The drivers of both vehicles were killed and the entire band and its crew have been hospitalized. Early details have singer Jonathan Vigil, drummer Andrew Tkaczyk, and guitarist Zach Johnson (a native of Des Moines, Iowa) all listed in critical condition. Bassist Jim Riley and rhythm guitarist Chris Davis are also said to have sustained serious injuries.
The Ghost Inside had performed on Wednesday night at Jake’s Sports Cafe in Lubbock, Texas. Thursday was an off day as the band travelled to Phoenix, Arizona for a Friday concert at the Nile Theater. The rest of the “Locals Only” tour has now been cancelled, and the band’s upcoming tours of New Zealand, Australia, and Europe are all now in doubt as well. Anyone with tickets to the remaining “Locals Only” shows can return to their point of purchase for refunds.
The Ghost Inside released their fourth full-length studio album, entitled Dear Youth, just over a year ago on Epitaph Records. In January, the band parted ways with guitarist (and founding member) Aaron Brooks. Johnson, who had been the band’s rhythm guitarist since 2008, then switched to lead guitar, and Texas in July’s Chris Davis was brought in to play rhythm guitar while the band toured. The Ghost Inside released a new video for the song “Move Me” (featured video) last month. They had kicked off their “Locals Only” tour, where only local bands from each tour stop would open for them, on October 23, and they were slated to finish that tour on November 24 in San Diego before heading to New Zealand on December 10, and then on to Australia for six dates. In February of 2016, The Ghost Inside is scheduled to begin a tour of Europe that kicks off with 14 shows in the United Kingdom.
TGI’s management issued this statement Thursday morning through the band’s official website and Facebook accounts:
Thanks to everyone who reached out with concern today. The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus accident outside El Paso, TX this morning. All 5 band members + all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it. Unfortunately, all US shows on the Locals Only tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can.