Published May 13, 2013The life of a touring musician can be a dangerous one, and Vancouver pop-punk band Unfun were sadly reminded of that fact last week when they were involved in a brutal car wreck in Indiana on May 9. Now, the outfit's friends are fundraising to help cover the costs of the accident.
The band members (plus their friend Bee) all survived the crash, but the driver of the car that hit them was killed. Frontman Leonardo Bones described the extremely scary-sounding incident with the following statement [via FFWD Weekly]:
So yeah, UNFUN was in a fatal car wreck Thursday morning. The driver who hit us past away but everyone in our van is alive. TJ was on a respirator for like 7 hours while Declan and Bee were hospitalized for 30+ hours.
We played in Hammond that nite and after the show 4 people jumped Declan and Bee in the bar and beat them up pretty badly. When we confronted them, we realized they had more friends there to back them and they called more other people. So we left ASAP and in a hurry.
We stopped at a gas station to get directions to the nearest motel and because the bridge to the interstate was closed we took a road that has a turn known as 'dead man's curve,' apparently. While approaching the curve two cars coming towards us, looking like they were racing, on this two line road were coming incredibly fast (prolly 80mph serrrriioousssly) and were very close to each other. The first car lost control and the passenger side on the car was skidding across into our line while the other car was still fast behind them. So it was coming like sideways like a roadblock. We hit them dead on, on the shoulder of the road. Then our van bursted into flames while the gear covered Bee, and Taylor was trapped in the driver's seat. Declan cut him out with Taylor's leatherman and Tyler and I threw our bass cab, oversized Marshall cab and bunk/cabinet off of Bee until she was free and that was fucking that. Scariest night ever.
No rumours please. This shit has shook us all and we're all still recovering. Thanks for the support! Much love!
Unsurprisingly, the band members were hurt in the crash and required a trip to the hospital. One musician was reportedly in a respirator for seven hours, while two others were in the hospital for around 30 hours.
Some of their friends have now set up a fundraiser to help cover the medical expenses and pay for flights home, since Unfun have been forced to now cancel their U.S. tour. Get information about donations and rewards (and see some photos of the totalled van) right here.