Shania Twain has broken her silence after if it was revealed that several members of her touring crew were rushed to hospital following a horror tour bus crash in Canada.
The country icon assured fans that her ‘touring family’ are now ‘safe’ and receiving medical care following the incident that took place early on Wednesday morning.
‘Thank you so much for the out pour of love and support from everyone,’ Twain, 58, began her statement on Friday.
‘First and foremost my touring family are safe. Anyone needing medical care is receiving great support. The local community and every single crew person has been phenomenal, in the face of a very scary scenario.’
She concluded the emotional post with: ‘Hug and hold those you love, we are doing the same!’
It’s a situation that Twain knows all too well, as her parents died in 1987 car accident.
Shania Twain breaks her silence over her crew being hospitalized after tour bus and truck CRASH in Canada: ‘Hug and hold those you love’
The show must go on: Shania pictured above performing at Scotiabank Arena on October 22, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario
The accident occurred shortly after 7am Wednesday on Highway 1 near Wolseley, Saskatchewan, with a total of 13 people treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The tour bus and a truck both rolled over off the road, and images of the crash showed significant damage to the tour bus on the side of an icy highway.
The ‘Man, I Feel Like a Woman’ singer was not on board at the time of the crash.
Tour bus operator Beat The Street owner Joerg Philipp said on Instagram that his company’s vehicles were involved in the crash, which he claimed was caused by ‘black ice on the roadway.’
Thirteen people were rushed to hospital after Shania Twain’s tour bus and a truck rolled over off the side of Highway 1 near Wolseley, Saskatchewan shortly after 7am on Wednesday
The tour bus suffered significant damage in the accident, and was pictured after the crash on its side by the icy highway
Twain, pictured performing during her ‘Queen of Me’ tour in the UK on September 16, was not on board at the time of the crash
Twain’s crew were on the road as part of her ‘Queen of Me’ tour, and her representatives Maverick Management told CTV News after the accident that both vehicles involved in the crash were part of the tour.
‘Members of the production crew who require medical attention have been taken to nearby hospitals,’ the statement read.
‘We are incredibly thankful to the emergency services teams for their quick response and ongoing support.’
‘We ask for patience as we look after our touring family.’
Twain was scheduled to play her next show in Saskatoon on Thursday, around 200 miles from Wolseley, although it is unclear if this will be cancelled.
In a statement after the crash, Twain’s Maverick Management said: ‘We are incredibly thankful to the emergency services teams for their quick response and ongoing support. We ask for patience as we look after our touring family’
Details over the crash are still to be confirmed, after both the tour bus and a truck rolled off the highway
Tour bus operator Beat The Street owner Joerg Philipp said in a statement he was ‘devastated’ by the accident, which he blamed on ‘black ice on the roadway’
In the statement confirming his tour bus company was involved, Philip said he was ‘devastated’ over the accident.
‘The incident took place on the Trans-Canadian Highway near Wolseley, SK,’ he wrote.
‘All the passengers and driver are being evaluated for injuries and were immediately attended to by emergency responders and transported to the hospital for further treatment as needed.
‘The Beat The Street USA Team is cooperating with local authorities to respond to this incident.
‘Our top priority is the health and well-being of our passengers.’
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