Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Band Reuben and the Dark Vow Show Will Go on after Highway Crash

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Band Reuben and the Dark Vow Show Will Go on after Highway Crash

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Calgary band warns of winter driving after highway crash


TORONTO - A Calgary band is reminding travellers of the dangers of winter driving after their van and trailer rolled off the Trans-Canada Highway near Banff National Park.

Reuben and the Dark posted an account of their harrowing highway crash near Field, B.C., after they left Vancouver for Toronto last week. It includes an Instagram image of an overturned van and trailer lying by the side of a dark road.

Lead singer Reuben Bullock says no one was hurt but their vehicles were "totalled" Friday night. He says the trailer broke open, sending gear across the road and damaging irreplaceable instruments including his guitar.

Bullock was in Toronto at the time -- he and band mates Shea Alain and Dino Soares flew to their next tour stop while bass player Ian Jarvis drove alongside passengers Brock Geiger, the band's guitarist, and Kris Harper, a member of their opening band nehiyawak.

Bullock says the trio were trapped in the van for a few minutes until rescuers could remove the windshield. Jarvis escaped unscathed but his two passengers suffered minor injuries. Bullock says no other vehicles were involved.

Bullock says his bandmates were slated to fly to Toronto on Tuesday for a performance Wednesday and another show Saturday in Montreal.

"We're super-lucky that we're not dealing with anything more serious," Bullock said Tuesday by phone in Toronto, where he's now based.

"Something like this is always in the back of your mind for sure.... Now I'm finding out what I really have insurance for. Before you kind of just check a couple of boxes and don't think about it but now it's going to change a lot of things in how I prepare for this."

He said it had snowed the day before.

His bandmates hit the road at about 9 a.m. that morning, hoping to reach Calgary by end of day. …

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