Banda el Recodo's Tour Bus Crashes in South Texas, Six Injured
Several members of the popular regional Mexican group Banda el Recodo were airlifted to a local hospital in San Antonio after their bus crashed in a rural section of South Texas, according to a spokesperson for the band, who added that all were listed in stable condition.
The accident, which occurred shortly after 8 a.m. in Karnes County on Friday, Aug. 31, left a total of five members of the band and their bus driver injured, according Rene Vargas, who manages the band's office in Los Angeles.
Those injured in the crash include driver Jose Martin Terado-Osuna, clarinet player Jorge Lopez and musical director Alfonso "Poncho" Lizarraga, who sustained the most injuries including a fractured leg, Vargas said. All three were flown to South Texas' main trauma center at University Hospital in San Antonio while the others, including clarinet player Carlos Montoya and French horn player Aldo Sarabia, were sent to other area hospitals.
"It must have been a pretty serious accident if they were flown to (our) hospital," said Leni Kirkman, spokesperson for University Hospital, who added that she could not elaborate on the injuries. "But they are listed in stable condition and they were going to be admitted overnight."
Vargas, who flew to San Antonio on Friday, said that he was told that the driver of the tour bus tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle on the highway right before the accident happened.
Founded by the late Don Cruz Lizarraga, the band will celebrate 75 years in the the music business next year. They have performed throughout the world and have also played at the White House.
The group has notched 37 singles on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs tally, as well as two No. 1s in 2009: "Te Presumo" and "Me Gusta Todo de Ti." They also have top 10s on Regional Mexican Airplay. Also, they have 11 top 10 albums on Top Latin Albums and 21 top 10s on Regional Mexican Albums, with five of those reaching No. 1. Their total U.S. album sales come to 1.8 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As word spread of the accident, many in the Latin music industry reacted on social media outlets.
"I'm sending prayers, affection and good vibes to my Banda el Recodo colleagues," regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera said in a Twitter message.
Band member Joel Lizarraga, the son of the band's founder, was in New York at the time of the accident. In a recent interview with Billboard earlier this month, he said that the band has plans to tour next year throughout the U.S. and Mexico.They also recently performed in Pico Rivera, Calif.
"We are very fortunate," Lizarraga said during the early August interview. "We're usually playing somewhere on weekends and traveling on the tour bus. We know that during tough times not many people get to work, and we feel blessed that so many opportunities are still coming our way."