David Turner Bio – Wiki
David Turner was a sound engineer for country singer Josh Turner, was killed in a bus crash on September 19 at the age of 64.
Josh Turner Crew Bus Crash
A bus carrying country star Josh Turner’s crew plunged 80 feet off an embankment in California, leaving one dead and seven injured, officials confirmed Thursday.
The singer and his band were on a different bus and not involved in the crash, which happened shortly after their latest show at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles on Wednesday night, investigators said.
The crew bus had only driven about 20 minutes when it suddenly veered off Highway 46 near Shandon just before midnight, hurtling about 20 feet off the road before plunging down an embankment, according to KSBY.
At least two people were thrown from the bus, including the crew member who died, the station said.
Confirming the death od David Turner, fire officials also classified two of the seven injuries as “major.”
David Turner was no relation to Josh Turner. The San Luis Obispo Fire Department said that Turner was the only fatality as a result of the crash while seven other people were injured.
Two of those people have significant injuries, while five have moderate injuries. Josh Turner and his band were travelling on a different bus and were unharmed.
As a result of the crash, Josh Turner has postponed the rest of his tour dates. A press release from the California Highway Patrol said that the bus carrying Josh Turner’s crew drove off of a 50-foot cliff at around 11:30 p.m. on Highway 46 East in San Luis Obispo.
The driver of the bus has been named as Bradley Dratnol, 39. He was injured in the crash and is being treated at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
— CAL FIRE SLO (@CALFIRE_SLO) September 19, 2019
Universal Music Group statement
A statement from Universal Music Group Nashville read, via the San Luis Obispo Tribune, “Josh Turner and his road family have suffered a devastating loss.
Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers… Everyone is still processing what’s happened.” The Tribune reports that Turner was thrown from the bus during the crash, as was another person. The accident occurred around 15 minutes drive from where Josh Turner had performed, at the Vina Robles Amphitheater in Paso Robles.
Speaking to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, a friend of David Turner’s confirmed his death.
The newspaper said that Turner was a resident of Oxford, Mississippi and originally hailed from the town of Bruce.
In October 2015, Turner was named as one of those participating in no-shave November in aid of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.