Former DECAPITATED bassist Marcin "Martin" Rygiel has released the following statement:
"As many of you know, there was bad accident in Russia yesterday. I wasn't there. I'm not in the band anymore since I'm expecting a baby and I've decided to move to California.
"To all the people that I'm getting emails from: Vitek [real name: Witold Kieltykaand; drums] and Covan [real name: Adrian Kowanek; vocals] were injured really bad and their families are on their way to Russia.
"To keep up to date on this incident please check BLABBERMOUTH.NET, as I am unable to respond to the amount of emails I am getting on this subject. All we can do is just have hope that they will recover soon, and that everything will be fine.
"My thoughts are with the guys and their families right now..."
DECAPITATED's record label, Earache Records, has released the following statement:
Vitek and Covan were seriously injured in a road accident involving DECAPITATED's tour bus and a truck carrying wood in Gomel, on the Russia/Belarus border. Both musicians reportedly sustained serious head injuries as a result of the accident, and were being transported 550 kilometers from Gomel to Moscow for emergency treatment.
All other members of the touring party are not reported to be seriously hurt.
DECAPITATED issued a limited-edition version of their classic debut "Winds of Creation" on October 8 featuring a bonus DVD containing a full live show filmed in Nottingham on December 20, 2004 with original vocalist Sauron.
Check out photos of DECAPITATED and CRIONICS taken on their tour of Russia (courtesy of Darkside):
Watch fan-filmed footage of DECAPITATED performing the song "Winds of Creation" live in St. Petersburg, Russia on October 21, 2007:
Watch fan-filmed footage of DECAPITATED performing the song "Day 69" live in St. Petersburg, Russia on October 21, 2007:
Watch fan-filmed footage of DECAPITATED performing in Moscow, Russia on October 27, 2007: