The Derailers' Brian Hofeldt unhurt in car accident totalling his car
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The Derailers' Brian Hofeldt unhurt in car accident totalling his car

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 – The Derailers' Brian Hofeldt was uninjured after his car was allegedly hit by a drunk driver on Mother's Day on his return home from a Dallas show to spend Mother's Day with his family.

The driver "unexpectedly" swerved into Hofeldt's lane and sent his car off a 15-foot low-water crossing bridge, resulting in a 30-foot airborne flight before the vehicle tumbled several times to a stop, according to the web site of Palo Duro Records, Hofeldt's record label. He was less than three miles from his house when the accident occurred.

"I'm more somber about the incident now after waking up..., but still feel extremely lucky. The car is of course totaled, but unbelievably I survived. The paramedics told me to go out and buy a lottery ticket because I was the luckiest man alive that day.

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