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The Dillinger Escape Plan On Bus Crash: “[It] Felt Like Being Hit By A Missile”

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 14 February 2017 at 11.13

"Remember how valuable life is."



The Dillinger Escape Plan have released a statement about their recent bus crash in Poland.

Thirteen people were injured after a truck hit their tourbus, which was "parked partly on the road and partly on [the] hard shoulder."

"By now I'm sure many of you have already heard the news, but we wanted to communicate to you all directly,"  they wrote.

"Not just to express the fact that nobody is in critical condition, but to express our gratitude to the fans who have seen us or who were going to see us on this tour, the crew who was also in the accident with us and part of why things have been going so smoothly, the various promoters and venue staff, Live Nation Poland who have been so helpful in the last 38 hours, the many police and medics and emergency workers who came to the scene, the hospital workers, and the friends and family who have reached out to us personally since yesterday morning."

Of the crash itself, they explained:

"We were in the middle of playing some of our favorite shows we've ever played, and having a better time on and off stage than we have in a long time."

"We were ripped out of sleep at 8:25AM to what still feels like a lucid nightmare. The cacophony of metal bending and things breaking and people screaming and what felt like being hit by a missile. Without going into detail, not everyone is out of the hospital yet, and some of us are hurt worse than others."

They went on to say that:

"Questions like why did this happen, why are we alive and others not, why are the people from the Bay Area fire dead, why at all is anyone here or not. What the hell is all of this."

"Remember how valuable life is. We are all lucky to be alive. To just have any time at all."

"Anyway, thanks to you all for caring. We were truly having an amazing time and we're blessed to have you all, such a high caliber group of people. It's been an honor to play these shows, but we unfortunately have to cancel the remainder of them. We will reschedule every one that we can, and we'll update more when we can."

A gofundme page has been set up to help the band, as it's believed that much of their equipment was destroyed in the crash. You can contribute here.

The band have commented:

"There is no band gofundme account. Anything you may see comes from fan good will, not something we can control. We appreciate peoples' good will and intentions, and genuinely love that some of you truly care about us, but there is no gofundme that we have launched of our own accord."

"There are a lot of people that need charity in this world, this juvenile time in our species' existence is heartbreakingly still an externally grossly unfair and imbalanced place for all human beings with equally inherent worth to be born into. We are some of the fortunate ones for sure. But we cannot control what you initiate, and are appreciative, even while ridden with existential guilt."

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