Cameran Nelson Band Lost Gear Fund

$10,625 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 24 months
Created July 6, 2017
On Monday, July 3, 2017, Cameran Nelson and his band were traveling to Del Rio, Texas to perform for an Independence Day celebration. While traveling, things took a turn for the worse. The tour bus that we were traveling in was struck by another car. While attempting to avoid the collision, the tour bus swerved into the ditch causing the trailer to break away from the bus. The trailer and the band’s equipment was destroyed.

 I have had the pleasure of working with Cameran and his band, and have personally seen how hard they work for everything they have. This group plays almost every weekend and puts 100 percent into every show.

I am starting this GoFund Me Campaign to help Cameran and his band get back on their feet and back on the road by replacing the damaged equipment and trailer. Please donate anything you can or share their story to help these guys out. Thank you for taking the time to read and share this campaign.

Billy Sellers
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A statement from Cameran Nelson:

First off, I want to thank everyone for the calls, texts, and messages. It's been a terrible week, but hearing kind words and knowing everyone involved is in your thoughts and prayers has sure helped.
The accident has gained some national coverage and it seems I need to clear a few things up. We were headed to Del Rio, Texas to play a show with Rick Trevino when an oncoming car began to drift toward the yellow line headed toward my lane. I started honking, then as the car came further over I hit the breaks and aimed the bus for the ditch. As the car passed my window I could see that the driver was slumped over and appeared to be asleep. Between the impact of the car (which hit right before my driver side rear axle of the bus) and the drop into the ditch, both Seth and Gabe were thrown out of their bunks into the floor. As soon as I got the bus stopped, I yelled back to my crew and made sure I heard all of their voices. I immediately ran straight to the car to check on the other driver, but it was clear that he had already passed. We were in a very rural area with no cell service. The first car that came up on the wreck had enough service to call 911. Once the sheriffs deputy got there, they looked in the car and told us to wait in the bus until EMS got there. Thankfully, none of us were badly injured and we refused any medical attention, although the images of this incident will probably be with me forever.
We waited on the bus until a state trooper knocked on the door. He came up and told us that they found several weapons, some stolen, a pistol with a suppressor in his lap, ammunition, what appeared to be stolen credit cards, drug paraphernalia, and a flask of Crown laying on the ground next to the car. He wouldn't give us any specifics on his name or where he was from. At that point, they hadn't been able to positively ID him.
When they finally got him out of the car and started to clean the wreckage, they let us go through what was left of the trailer. My father in law and a close family friend brought a couple of trucks and flatbed trailers to haul what we could back home. In the days after the accident, I was contacted several times by law enforcement who specifically told me not to respond to any family that might reach out nor should I try and reach out myself. We haven't even been given a name. One of the state troopers told me it was going to be a lengthy investigation.
As far as our gear... We lost a lot. Our monitor world with all of our wireless systems was destroyed. Light racks, drum hardware, cases were damaged, merch, and of course the trailer. We don't have any info on the other driver yet, my insurance is working through all that. My insurance is only covering a portion of the trailer, not the equipment, but the bus is fully covered. It will be months before we know if he had insurance. Our friend and former Tour Manager, who happened to be with us that day, reached out to us a couple days after the accident and asked if he could start a GoFundMe page to help with some of the cost. The goal is $10k, that won't cover what we lost, but it would definitely help.
This whole thing is something we've been struggling with since it happened. I'm not sure what this guy was into, but he left a family behind and we can't contact them. So please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful we can dust ourselves off and continue on. Thanks again for all the love and support.
Cameran Nelson
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Raised by 61 people in 24 months
Created July 6, 2017
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