UPDATE: Gregg Allman thanks crew on stage after morning tour bus crash

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UPDATE 4/6/16 @ 10:24 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was anything but a typical show for Gregg Allman and his crew Wednesday night at Charleston's Clay Center.

"I want to thank my crew after being through a nightmare," Allman said after he and his musicians took the stage.

Ten of Allman's sound crew members were on a tour bus that went off Interstate 77 and over an embankment Wednesday morning when the driver of the bus choked.

Three of the crew members were checked out at the hospital. All were treated and released.

The accident happened around 5 a.m. between the Haines Branch and Goldtown exits in Jackson County near the Kanawha County line.

Audience members enjoyed the sounds of the founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, who performed music from the group's collection and his personal music, as well.



UPDATE 4/6/16 @ 5:53 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The show will go on Wednesday night at the Clay Center, despite an early morning crash involving Gregg Allman's crew.

The crash happened about 5 a.m. Wednesday between the Haines Branch and Goldtown exits.

Crews on the scene say the driver of the bus says he choked while driving, causing him to wreck.

Rob Rosano with the Clay Center said that the practice schedule for Wednesday night's performance was altered, but the show will go on as planned.



UPDATE 4/6/16 @ 8:25 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ has confirmed The Gregg Allman crew was on the tour bus that crashed near the Kanawha-Jackson County line early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened about 5 a.m. between the Haines Branch and Goldtown exits.

Ken Weinstein, with Big Hassle Media, tells WSAZ three people were taken to the hospital where they have been treated and released.

Gregg Allman is set to perform at the Clay Center in Charleston at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Weinstein says the show will go on as scheduled.

Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies say two buses were traveling together when one of them crossed the southbound lanes, into the northbound lanes, went through a guardrail and over an embankment.

Crews on the scene say the driver of the bus says he choked while driving causing him to wreck.

10 people were on the bus when it crashed. After the crash, people were unloading music equipment off the bus. The people on this bus were sound engineers for the band.

As of 9 a.m., one of the northbound lanes at Goldtown closed to allow crews to remove the tour bus from the hillside.

Tow trucks are now on the scene to remove the bus from the hillside. Once the bus is back on the interstate, DOH will close the northbound lanes until the bus is removed.

A spokesperson with DOH says they hope to have the bus out by noon.

We have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 4/6/16 @ 6:41 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene of a tour bus crash in Jackson County, West Virginia.

It happened at the Jackson/Kanawha County line about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Two buses were reportedly traveling together when one crashed.

Crews on the scene tell WSAZ 10 people were on board the bus when it went through a guardrail and over an embankment.

Crews tell WSAZ one person was injured and taken to the hospital. No word on the extent of their injuries.

As of 6:45 a.m., the interstate is open. However, officials tell WSAZ when the bus is being moved back onto the interstate, the northbound lanes will be shut down.

Our crew on the scene says people were unloading music equipment off the crashed bus.

No other details have been released.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/6/16 @ 5:45 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bus carrying 10 people crashed over an embankment off I-77 at the Jackson County - Kanawha County line.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews on the scene tell WSAZ one person was injured in the crash and taken to the hospital. No word on the severity of their injuries.

Our crew on the scene says people were unloading musical equipment from the bus.

No other information has been released.

The crash is not impacting traffic in the area.



 
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