Southern California alt-metal band Alien Ant Farm’s tour bus was involved in a highway crash in Spain early this morning (May 22), resulting in the death of the hired bus driver and injuries to the band and crew. Singer Dryden Mitchell, guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora, and drummer Mike Cosgrove, as well as six crew members, were admitted to a local hospital after the crash, which occurred when the bus struck a parked truck on a highway near Navalmoral de la Mata, Spain, west of Madrid.
The group was traveling from Luxembourg to a performance in Lisbon, Portugal. Its label, DreamWorks, relayed initial reports that Mitchell sustained back injuries, Corso broke an ankle, Zamora has foot injuries, and Cosgrove suffered cuts and bruises. A number of tour personnel broke feet or ankles, and security head David Zajic was admitted with undetermined but critical injuries.
“We send our condolences and prayers to the family of the driver and our prayers are with David in hopes that he has a full recovery,” Alien Ant Farm manager John Boyle said in a statement. “We’re obviously very fortunate and thankful the band and crew survived the accident.”
Alien Ant Farm was nearing the close of a 10-date European tour. A Friday (May 24) show in Madrid will be canceled, as will the band’s planned Saturday performance at the multi-artist HFStival in Washington, D.C.
The group was touring in support of its DreamWorks album “ANThology,” which peaked at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 last September on the strength of the single “Smooth Criminal,” a Michael Jackson cover that hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart.