Five members of a Christian rock band on their way to perform at a concert in Council Bluffs were injured in a rollover accident on Thursday morning on westbound Interstate 80 between Walnut and Avoca in Pottawattamie County.
The crash happened around 8:45 a.m. according to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office.
Four of the five musicians — members of the Ammunition Band family ministry — were taken by emergency crews to Myrtue Hospital in Harlan with non-life-threatening injuries, said Dept. Nick Amdor.
Three of the band members had been released from the hospital by mid-afternoon Thursday.
The group was traveling in a large motor home that was pulling a trailer carrying their instruments, Amdor said. They were traveling to Council Bluffs for a performance, he said. The band is based in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
He said the driver somehow got into a situation that caused him to over-correct, causing the trailer’s rear wheels to lose traction and, eventually, the motor home to roll twice.
Two people seemed to have more serious injuries, but they were able to get out of the motor home under their own power, Amdor said. Instruments were scattered along the highway from the accident, he added. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.
One westbound lane of I-80 was able to remain open, Amdor said. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the crash.
A statement from the band appeared on the group’s Facebook page around 3 p.m. It stated:
“As many of you may have already heard, the band was involved in a horrible accident this morning in Harlan, Iowa on their way to a concert in Council Bluffs for tomorrow night. Four band members were injured and taken by ambulance to Myrtue Hospital in Harlan, Iowa. Three band members have been released with minor injuries. We ask for your prayers and continued support for the whole ANY family.”