News•March 21, 2008 12:40 PM ET•7,470 views
Genghis Tron survives van accident
Genghis Tron avoided injury following a van malfunction while on the highway in Ohio yesterday. Here's the official word: "While traveling north on I-71 through Ohio this afternoon, we got into a wreck on the highway. We were about 90 miles North of Columbus when, very inexplicably, the right rear wheel of our van completely FELL OFF, sending our van and trailer flying out of control. Not just the tire -- the whole wheel. We spun around on 3 wheels and an axel rotor, miraculously avoiding a collision with any of the five or so cars barelling towards us, before landing (backwards) in a ditch in the median. The most important thing is that everyone is totally OK. Given that we were going 60+ MPH and got into a highway accident during high-traffic hours, this is amazing, and we're very lucky. Our gear also seems to be mostly OK, and neither our van nor trailer were totalled -- BUT both are severely damaged, NOT drivable, and in need of serious repairs. We canceled our shows tonight (Butler PA) and Friday (Philly). Hopefully things can get fixed and on track in time for our next scheduled show, which is around a week away. And now the inevitable. For those kind souls with an extra dollar in their pockets, we are accepting donations, which can be made through Paypal to the address GTMERCH@GMAIL.COM. You can also go to our Myspace page and click the "DONATE" button, right below the blog posts area. Any amount that ANYONE could give to chip in to our costly repairs, towing, and transportation would be incredibly helpful. As is, we were already beneath a sizable chunk of debt and this accident is only going to make it worse, blah blah blah. Our trailer was brand new, fresh out of the factory for less than ten days... For those of you who've been following us for a few years, you know this isn't the first time we've had some serious highway mishap. It sucks, and it's really hard to believe that something like this could happen again -- but we are incredibly lucky that no one was hurt, just like our accident in the summer of 2005. As the day comes to a close, we're completely ecstatic to be here and healthy; but now that we have our safety, we're just stressed and overwhelmed at everything which now has to happen in order to get this train running again. Thanks so much for the support, everyone...we be doing our best...more updates to come..."
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