ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen has thanked fans for their support, one day after being involved in a crash that resulted in the death of the band's bassist David Zablidowsky.
The accident occurred near Micanopy early Friday afternoon when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 and struck the group's RV, which had pulled off the highway with a flat tire. ADRENALINE MOB was traveling in the RV and a van that was pulling a covered trailer.
According to Gainesville.com, a total of nine people were in the vehicles. One died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. The majority of those injured were listed in serious condition and one was in critical condition as of late Friday night. Those injured were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Earlier this afternoon, Russell — who also sings for SYMPHONY X — took to his Facebook page to write: "Yesterday I was involved in an accident that took the life of my dear friend and bandmate David Z and left three of our crew in critical condition.
"I'm overwhelmed with sorrow.
"I am so grateful for the outpouring of love we have received from around the world.
"Please continue to pray for David's family during this difficult time. And those in critical condition.
"I want to personally thank Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his bravery in assisting me pull our driver Jason [McCole] from the wreckage and for attending to his wounds. And for helping me to secure and attend to Jane [tour manager Janet Rains, a.k.a. Jane Train] once I was able to get her free from the fire. Without his selfless act of courage, I would not have been able to get them clear of the RV before it was engulfed in flames. On behalf of my band and crew, I thank you."
ADRENALINE MOB guitarist Mike Orlando's girlfriend Dana Griffo wrote on Facebook late Friday night that Orlando, Allen, ADRENALINE MOB drummer Jordan Cannata and crew member Robert Dressler were "banged up but okay."
According to the police, the GMC was traveling southbound on I-75 near Mile Marker 372 with the RV, and both vehicles stopped on the shoulder. The semi collided with the vehicles that were stopped on the shoulder and the RV caught fire where the passenger died. The RV and the GMC were traveling together. The RV had a flat tire, so both vehicles pulled off the highway. The trailer that was being towed by the van was hauling musical equipment.
ADRENALINE MOB was scheduled to play Friday night in St. Petersburg.
The band was touring in support of its third studio album, "We The People", which was released on June 2 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2014's "Men Of Honor" was the first ADRENALINE MOB release to feature Zablidowsky and Cannata.