According to Gainesville.com, ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring Russell Allen (vocals; also of SYMPHONY X) and Mike Orlando (guitar) — was involved in a fatal crash Friday afternoon (July 14) in Florida.
One person died and six were injured when a tractor-trailer veered off Interstate 75 near Micanopy and struck the group’s RV that had pulled off the highway with a flat tire.
The truck driver declined comment to a reporter. The driver was traveling from Atlanta to Orlando. It’s unknown if his trailer contained any cargo. The side of the truck said Twiss Transport, Inc., Largo.
The FHP was still investigating Friday evening. So far, troopers believe that the RV and the van, which was pulling the enclosed trailer, had pulled off southbound I-75 onto the west shoulder. The van and the RV were traveling together. The RV had a flat tire, so both vehicles pulled off the highway.
The truck driver, for unknown reasons, veered off I-75 and struck the RV, which caught fire, the patrol said.
Out of the nine people who were in the vehicles, one died, six were taken to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. Of the six injured, three were listed in critical condition and the other three in stable condition.
ADRENALINE MOB‘s soundman, Robert Dressler, who was one of the people who had been riding in the RV, told Gainesville.com he heard a “boom” when the truck hit the RV. He was in a bunk at the time.
State Theatre general manager Kendra Marolf told the Tampa Bay Times she got a call mid-afternoon alerting her that the band had been involved in an accident with injuries, some critical, and would not be able to make the show. ADRENALINE MOB‘s label and agent, she said, did not offer more details.
ADRENALINE MOB 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 the band’s new drummer Jordan Cannata and bassist David Zablidowsky (of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA).
Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon was northbound on I-75, headed from Tampa to Gainesville, when he came upon the accident scene. He told a reporter that he ran over and pulled the RV driver out of his vehicle. He administered first aid and kept talking to the man, who said his name was Jason, while waiting for emergency crews to arrive. He learned that Jason himself was a retired Marine.
Dumon said he also assisted pulling two more people from the trailer.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for motorists, informing them that southbound traffic was being diverted at Micanopy. They urged drivers to use an alternate route. At 2:26 p.m. one southbound lane was re-opened.