Accident Report Details Bus Accident That Injured John Michael Montgomery And Others

Accident Report Details Bus Accident That Injured John Michael Montgomery And Others | Classic Country Music | Legendary Stories and Songs Videos

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Legendary country crooner John Michael Montgomery was injured Friday (September 9) when the bus he was traveling in overturned on the interstate.

A report issued by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and obtained by WKRN, lists Montgomery as one of three passengers on the 2001 Prevost Featherlite bus that was heading south on I-75 near the Tennessee/Kentucky state line.  According to the report, the bus veered off of the interstate, struck an embankment and overturned.


Dispatch received a call about the crash at 11:45 a.m. When first responders arrived, they found 57-year-old Montgomery, his bass player Ray Salyer, and Marc Wood who is thought to be the bus’s driver, at the scene with injuries.

Officials told WLAF that a medical helicopter arrived at the scene and transported one person to a hospital in Knoxville. Friends the men shared on social media that Montgomery, Salyer and Wood were on their way to a benefit concert in North Carolina that was scheduled for Saturday. The “I Swear” singer suffered four broken ribs in the crash and “is banged up pretty bad.”  Salyer received stitches in his leg, and Wood reportedly suffered facial and head injuries.


The accident report indicates that Montgomery and Wood were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, but Salyer was not.

John Michael Montgomery first shared news of the accident on social media, saying that he is doing well and is grateful to first responders for their quick response.

“Yesterday we had a serious accident on the way to a concert in North Carolina. Everyone that was on the bus is recovering from their injuries,” Montgomery wrote. “Despite some cuts and broken ribs, I am doing well. I will take some time over the next couple of weeks to heal and be back on the road soon. I am grateful to the medics and highway patrol for their quick response to this difficult situation. Thanks to everyone for their concerns.”

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