First and foremost, thank the Lord everyone involved in this bus crash survived.
Our thoughts and prayers are still with HARDY and his entire crew, who are continuing to heal after being involved in a very serious and scary bus accident a little over less than two weeks ago.
They were previously vague on specific details surrounding the wreck, which occurred outside of Nashville in the early morning of Sunday, October 2nd, on the way back from a show in Bristol, Tennessee, which was part of the Country Thunder festival at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Yesterday, Hardy’s tour photographer/videographer and friend, Tanner Gallagher, shared a in-depth post on just how scary and dangerous the wreck was, along with some very graphic photos of his injuries and the aftermath of the bus.
He said that the bus ran off the highway going around 70 mils per hour, and flipped into the woods. He and Hardy were awake in the front lounge, and their tour manager Noah was asleep in his bunk, while their driver Ricky was at the wheel. At last update, Ricky was still in the hospital, so keep thinking of and praying for him.
Tanner also noted that he suffered a shattered foot, punctured lung, four broken ribs and a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He said everyone on the bus was knocked unconscious, and that multiple doctor’s told them it “was a miracle that we survived.”
And a warning before you keep reading, the photos are pretty graphic, so if you don’t want to see them, scroll on to the next post:
“It seems like this happened so fast but I feel the need to talk about it officially…
Last week we had one of the most terrifying accidents happen to us. For those who don’t know: around 2:30am last Sunday, our bus ran off the highway at around 70mph flipping us into the woods. There were 4 of us aboard: our driver Ricky, our tour manager Noah who was asleep in his bunk, and me and Hardy who were up in the front lounge.
Within what felt like 3 seconds, our bodies were thrown across the room knocking us all unconscious. By the grace of God, we all survived. My injuries included a shattered foot, a punctured lung, 4 broken ribs, and a fractured vertebrae in my neck. And yes, it’s been fucking terrible.
Although I sit here in pain, wrapped up in casts and hardly able to move for the next few weeks/months, I need to point out something important. I was told numerous times by doctors that it was a miracle that we survived… and that’ll make you think.
I think about the times that i’ve spent worrying, stressed, upset, been less present or simply took for granted, and it kills me. I think about all the people in my life, family, friends, co workers, etc. and wished that I could have spent more time with them or somehow made them feel better in moments with something as simple and little as a compliment.
Most of all, I think about perspective, in that it’s so easy for us to lose sight of all of the things we have. Take it from me, be grateful for fucking EVERYTHING. Even if it means just being healthy or being able to wake up for another day to spend doing the things you love.
As scary and life threatening as this accident was, I’m glad I now have a better outlook moving forward and it’s only going uphill from here. I know this accident could have been a lot worse and for that i’m so grateful. I’m also incredibly thankful for every message, prayer and every person who helped me over the past week, it meant the world.
I’ll be laid up in bed and in a wheelchair for a while, and that’s okay. So if anyone wants to drop off lunch or something, I will definitely will not stop you. Lastly, in regards to this post, someone please tell Sarah Hardy that i’m sorry for swearing.”
It really is a miracle they all survived, and very humbling to see just how bad it really was.
Hardy subsequently (and very understandably) canceled shows last weekend as a result of the injuries he and his team members sustained.
He also announced his second studio album this past Monday, the mockingbird & THE CROW, which will be a half country, half rock album, to be released January 20th, 2023.
And in addition, he has a his Wall to Wall bar tour coming up in December, as well as a tour in 2023 in support of the new record.
Until he and his team get back out on the rood, though, our best wishes to them as they recover from this horrific wreck.