Josh Turner is speaking out for the first time following a deadly tour bus crash that killed a member of his crew and injured several others.
The country star and gospel singer paid tribute to the late David Turner, his longtime sound engineer, in an emotional social media post on Tuesday (Sept. 24).
“As I try to write this I don’t know what to say,” the singer/songwriter began. “It’s a struggle to put into words the devastation and grief that our road family is trying to process. We lost a beloved member of our team, David Turner. He was like a brother to so many in this industry and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Please continue to keep David’s family in your prayers.”
Turner went on to explain that his entire crew suffered “significant” injuries and admitted that many of them have a long road to recovery. He asked that fans give them their privacy as they continue to rest and recover from the tragic accident.
Closing his note with a link to a GoFundMe account that has been set up to assist members of his crew, the North Carolina also thanked fans for their support in the time since the crash.
“Your prayers have been felt. Please keep praying,” he wrote.
The crash that killed David Turner and injured other members of Turner’s crew took place September 18 on Highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County, California. The California Highway Patrol reported that the tour bus drifted off the highway, drove along a dirt shoulder, hit a barbed wire fence and eventually fell off a 50-foot cliff. Investigators say two people were ejected from the vehicle when the bus hit a dry riverbed at the bottom of the cliff. Josh Turner was not on the bus at the time.