Relient K, Crew Escape Tour Bus Fire
July 2, 2007 at 7:33 AM (PT)
A tour bus carrying RELIENT K and crew members caught on fire early THURSDAY morning as they were traveling on the PENNSYLVANIA turnpike, en route to CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL in BUSHNELL, IL.
Everyone escaped the fire unharmed, but the damage was extensive to the bus and the trailer it was pulling. The fire, along with water and smoke, damaged or destroyed the band’s instruments, sound equipment and tour merchandise, plus other personal items, according to an article on THE TIMES-REPORTER website.
Fire chief TERRY SHAFFER of the SHANKSVILLE volunteer fire department said the fire started in the engine compartment located just below the rear lounge of the 12-bunk tour bus. The flames were spotted by band frontman MATT THIESSEN and a friend of his, who were hanging out in the rear of the bus.
RELIENT K road manager SCOTT CANNON declined to put a dollar estimate for the losses. THIESSEN said his items alone, including a laptop containing about 100 unfinished songs, came to about $7,000.
RELIENT K had just performed WEDNESDAY night at CREATION NORTHEAST in MOUNT UNION, PA and had to cancel THURSDAY night’s headlining concert at CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL. The band planned on keeping its scheduled concert date SATURDAY in GREELEY, CO.
Read THE TIMES-REPORTER article here.