Award-winning Christian rock band Seventh Day Slumber is giving God all the glory after they survived a tour bus crash in Hillsboro, Texas, over the weekend.
“Please keep us in your prayers. We are all ok, just banged up. A few are still at the hospital being looked at. Also, please say some prayers for the firefighters. Those guys were so nice and this was pretty traumatic for them as well!” frontman Joseph Rojas wrote on Facebook Sunday morning along with a photo of the band’s totaled tour bus.
The bus slammed into the rear of a fire truck early Sunday morning on Interstate 35, Rojas said, as he detailed how their bus driver had nowhere to go when, after driving over a hill they were met with a fire truck in front of them and an 18 wheeler in the right lane next to them.
“We had nowhere else to go. Our driver was going under the speed limit. We support all first responders and we pray for them and their families. This was unavoidable for us,” he said.
According to news station KWTX, the driver of the bus swerved and struck the fire truck to miss an 18-wheeler whose driver braked abruptly.
"For some reason the 18-wheeler decided to brake unexpectedly. The tour bus driver immediately took evasive action trying to steer around the 18-wheeler to avoid the crash and when he went to the right he struck the fire truck,” Hill County Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Hemrick told the news outlet.
The bus driver and several others on the tour bus suffered minor injuries. Rojas said his wife banged her head pretty badly and suffered a seizure but is now fine. All those injured were treated at a nearby hospital and later released.
“We walked away from this and we’re all banged up and bruised but we walked away from this and we know it was God that did that,” Rojas testified in a Facebook Live video taken at the scene of the crash.
“The same God that kept us alive during this wreck is the same God that will take care of us further down our road,” he added.
Christian bands Building 429, Sanctus Reel, and Lady Antebellum have also experienced tour bus crashes and fires in the past.
“Keep us all in prayer, all us bands, it’s rough out here,” Rojas concluded in his message to fans.
Seventh Day Slumber was charged $9,000 by a local tow company to transport their tour bus after the crash. Although the members were in shock after the accident, later that evening they performed at a concert in Victoria, Texas.
For more information, visit the bands Facebook page.