Monday, August 3, 2009
– Billy Currington issued a statement Monday afternoon in the wake of Saturday's accident at a festival near Edmonton, Canada that killed one fan, saying he would make a full recovery.
Due to severe storms and tornado weather activity on Saturday night, the stage at the Big Valley Jamboree music festival in Camrose, Alberta, Canada's largest country music festival, collapsed where singer Currington was performing. Currington was on the last song of his set when the wind blew the staging down on top of him and his band. Reports said a pole hit him in the head.
"Currington was taken to the hospital and suffered a minor concussion, but is expected to make a full recovery," said the statement from his label. "He has been released from the hospital and has returned to his home in Nashville."
Currington's bass player Alex Stevens was pinned under the wreckage of the stage for half an hour while rescue personnel removed debris to free him. Stevens underwent immediate surgery to repair a severed artery and nerves in his left arm and is currently receiving treatment in Nashville. The statement made no mention of his ability to play in the future.
Currington sent a message to his fans today via Twitter, "The boys and I are very grateful to be home and for life itself. We thank you for your prayers and concern and will see you on the road again soon."
"My heart goes out to the family of Donna Moore who was killed and all of the other fans who were hurt on Saturday," he said.
Currington was performing as part of a four-day festival. Sunday's final show, which was to be headlined by Tim McGraw, was cancelled.