NewsSeptember 11, 2002 11:08 AM ET7,850 views

Candiria releases statement on accident

The Candiria camp has released a statement regarding the details of their van accident on Monday. Here it is: ---------------------------------------------- The five members of the pioneering metal-fusion band Candiria and their tour manager escaped life-threatening injury when their van was rear-ended by a tractor trailer east of Buffalo, New York on Monday September 9th. The accident occurred at 9:15 am on Interstate 90 in Batavia, New York, when the tractor trailer driver, who was charged with speeding, plowed into the back of the van at full throttle. The van was hauling an equipment trailer, which buffered the blow. Upon impact, the van left the pavement, flipped over four times, then skidded on its roof for several hundred feet before stopping at the side of the center median culvert. Four members of the band were ejected from the vehicle through the shattered side windows. The other two were in the front of the van and were able to crawl from the wreckage. Candiria drummer Ken Schalk was flown by MediVac helicopter to the nearest trauma unit, located at the Erie County Medical Center, the others followed by ambulance. They all suffered multiple contusions, abrasions and lacerations that required extensive stitching. Schalk was treated for six hours for his injuries, which included a severe cut to the ear. He also suffered a concussion. Guitarist John LaMacchia also sustained a so-called "closed head injury," as well as a broken clavicle and fractured shoulder. Guitarist Eric Matthews suffered two broken ribs and injured knees. Singer Carley Coma was feared to have internal injuries, but escaped with abdominal contusions. Bassist Mike MacIvor suffered a hand injury as well as the bruises, scrapes and cuts they all sustained. Tour manager Kevin Macormick also suffered a torn rotator cuff. The tractor trailer driver admitted fault and was issued a summons by police at the scene on several charges, including following too close, reckless endangerment and speeding. Candiria's van and all its contents were completely demolished. The equipment trailer was split in two and everything in it destroyed. Candiria was forced to drop off its co-headling tour with 40-Below Summer. Candiria was in route from their Albany, New York engagement to the next night’s show in Cleveland, Ohio when the accident occurred. The tour is continuing without Candiria. Candiria bassist Mike MacIvor says "All I can keep thinking about is how did we survive? The injuries I sustained seem so small in comparison to what could have happened. Everyone’s injuries should by all means have been a thousand times worse." Candiria’s website, has been flooded with messages from well-wishers as the news has spread and MacIvor says the band is deeply grateful for the outpouring of concern: "The knowledge that we have so many people besides our immediate families who care so much about our well-being is overwhelming." ----------------------------------------------

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