Baroness Detail Bus Crash
Baizley said he hopes this experience brings the band together and that they will tour again when everyone has recovered.
The bus crash was due to brake failure while on a steep hill in Monkton Combe, England. They hit a perpendicular guardrail going about 50 mph, where the bus plowed through many trees and fell down more than 30 feet to the ground below.
Some of the crew was asleep when the accident was happening, but Baizley was up front with the driver. He suffered a broken leg and a completely shattered arm. The driver was airlifted to a hospital with many breaks. Other crew members were treated for injuries as well.
Last week Baizley returned home to the U.S. where he is wheelchair-bound and will undergo physical therapy to regain use of his arm and leg.
“I cannot lift a glass of water to my lips to drink with my left arm and hand… In spite of this and against my logic and reason, when I pick up an instrument, my hand remembers exactly what to do,” says Baizley.
Perhaps the most haunting paragraph in his statement is the last where he says, “I realized in that moment that life can be seen as a light switch: ‘on’ or ‘off.’ When the moment passed and I heard the screaming, felt the pain, and tasted my own blood, I was overcome with joy. I was ecstatic to be back amidst all that chaos and horror because it was alive and real”
“The support of our fans, our friends and our families has real meaning to me now. I say that now honestly, without false humility. Thank you. Everyone.”
You can read the full statement here.
A picture from the bus accident can be seen below.