A bus carrying Justin Moore’s band and crew was involved in a fatal traffic accident early Saturday morning (May 12) near Mattoon, Ill. Moore was not on the bus at the time of the crash.
A car driven by Joseph Taylor, 48, of Chicago hit the back of the tour bus at around 6 a.m. After Taylor stepped out of the car to look at the damage, he was struck by another vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier newspaper in Mattoon.
Moore wrote a Twitter message about the accident: “Thankful my band and crew guys are all good. They got hit by a car this morning in their bus. Prayers go out to the guy who lost his life and his family. You never know man. You have to be prepared to meet God today, ’cause it may be your last.”
Traffic on Interstate 57 at Illinois Route 16 was re-routed for several hours because of the accident.
Moore performed Friday night (May 11) in Milwaukee and resumes his tour May 18 in Gulfport, Miss.
Former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington’s tour bus sustained extensive damage Thursday in a collision with a Goodwill truck on Interstate 65 in Cullman, Ala. No one aboard the bus was injured, but the truck driver was transported to an area hospital. Covington was traveling to a concert in Birmingham, Ala., at the time of the accident.