Investigators say retrieving crashed tour bus will be challenging

Posted at 6:44 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 22:06:31-04

The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate what led to the crash of a tour bus near Shandon, leaving one man dead and others injured.

The incident took place Wednesday night when one of Josh Turner's tour buses drove off an embankment into a nearby riverbed.

CHP says drug and alcohol did not play a role in the incident but that it is still too early to say what caused the crash.

The bus, which drove off an approximately 50-foot high embankment along Highway 46, still has to be removed.

"With the embankment, they can't pull it back up so my understanding is that they are going to have to drag the bus to somewhere that is a lower embankment and then they will be able to retrieve the bus," said Patrick Seebart, California Highway Patrol PIO.

According to the CHP, some of the passengers on the bus were taken to area hospitals while two others were taken to a Fresno hospital with major injuries. They are reportedly in serious condition.

"This was a part of their road crew who deal with setting up and tearing down the stage," said CAL FIRE SLO Public Information Officer Adon Orrozco. "Those were the occupants of that particular tour bus."

One person died as a result of the crash. He has been identified as David Turner.

According to the CHP, David Turner is not related to the country singer Josh Turner.

Josh Turner was scheduled to perform with his band at the Central Washington State Fair Friday night, but that event has now been canceled.

Vina Robles Amphitheatre, which is where Turner performed Wednesday night, issued the following statement after learning of the crash:

“We are deeply saddened by last night’s tragic accident. Our thoughts are with Josh Turner, his band, crew, and their families.”