Published Sep 25, 2009Tragedy has struck Chicago, IL's Scotland Yard Gospel Choir while on the road in in support of their new record, ...And the Horse That You Rode In On. Yesterday (September 24), the Bloodshot Records-signed outfit were on their way to a show in Cincinnati when their van blew a tire and rolled several times, forcing all six of the band's members to be taken to the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, IN.
Thankfully, no one was killed in the crash but as Bloodshot explains, the band are far from being in tip-top shape.
In an email, here's what Bloodshot has to say on the band's current status and how fans can help lend a hand:
Alison Hinderliter, Jay Santana, and Ethan Adelsman were all released from the hospital last night with minor injuries. Elia Einhorn was held overnight with injuries to his head and neck, and is expected to be released tomorrow. Mary Ralph has a broken pelvis and collarbone, and will probably be moved to a hospital closer to home. Mark Yoshizumi was airlifted to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn last night with injuries to his head, back, and neck. He is in serious condition, but making progress. Our thoughts go out to all our friends in the band, and their families, friends, and significant others.
All of the band's gear was destroyed, and the van was totaled. As anyone involved with music knows, a lot of musicians don't have health insurance, copious amounts of income, or time to spare off work. This accident - apart from being medically and personally horrible - is also going to be expensive. We here are doing what we can to help them but if anyone else would like to help out there are three ways to donate and support the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir in this time of need.
1. Sign in to PayPal and send donation to: [email protected]
2. Send this email link to friends/contacts: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8469029
3. Click on the button in this news story: http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/news/sygc-van-accident
Bloodshot says the label will be constantly updating that last link as more information is made available.