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Gregg Allman Tour Bus Crash Doesn't Stop Charleston Concert

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A tour bus for musician Gregg Allman's band rests against a tree near a creek after veering off Interstate 77 Wednesday morning, April 6, 2016, near Goldtown, W.Va. A tour spokesman for Allman's band says three crew members have been injured. The bus was headed to a concert Wednesday at the Clay Center in Charleston, about 20 miles south of Goldtown. (Brooke Thibodaux/WCHS-TV via AP)

By    |   Friday, 08 Apr 2016 01:41 PM

The Gregg Allman tour bus crashed in West Virginia on Wednesday morning, but that didn't stop the crew from putting on a show at the Clay Center in Charleston that very same night.

According to WSAZ-TV, ten members of Allman's sound crew were on the tour bus when it swerved off Interstate 77 and went over an embankment around 5 a.m.

The bus driver told emergency crew that he started choking on his coffee when the accident happened, Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs told the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The southbound bus crossed the median into the northbound lanes, left the freeway, and slid down an embankment.

"It was a plain old, simple one-vehicle wreck," Boggs said. "It just happens to be a name everyone's familiar with I guess."

Allman kept his scheduled performance, and addressed the incident on Wednesday night.

"I want to thank my crew after being through a nightmare," Allman told the audience after his band took the stage.

Three members of his team were treated and released from a hospital in Charleston, an Allman representative told Entertainment Weekly. Local media reported that small trees prevented the bus from tumbling into a creek near the freeway.

WOWK-TV identified the injured men as Earl McCoy, Timothy Wright, and Michael Gallun. They were listed in stable condition Wednesday at CAMC General Hospital in Charleston.

Allman, who reached fame as the lead singer of the Allman Brothers Band and was once married to singer and Oscar-winning actress Cher, now tours as a solo act, according to MTV.

Considered the "principal architects of Southern rock," the Allman Brother Band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, according a Hall of Fame biography.

"…The Allman Brothers Band forged this new musical offshoot from elements of blues, jazz, soul, R&B and rock and roll. Along with the Grateful Dead and Cream, they help advance rock as a medium for improvisation," the biography stated.

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