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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 19:58 GMT 20:58 UK
Alien Ant Farm driver dies in crash
Alien Ant Farm
Alien Ant Farm had a UK hit with Smooth Criminal
A Welsh tour bus driver has been killed and the singer with rock band Alien Ant Farm has been detained in hospital after a crash in Spain.

Six crew members were also injured when their tour bus collided with a truck 120 miles west of Madrid in the early hours of the morning, record label DreamWorks said in a statement.

Singer Dryden Mitchell has been kept under observation for a neck injury in a hospital in the town of Navalmoral de la Mata, where the collision occurred, band spokesman Jose Puig said.

David Zajic, the band's security head from the Czech Republic, suffered critical injuries, according to the band's website.

The driver who died in the crash has been named as 26-year-old Chistopher Holland from Crofty, near Swansea.

A second driver was still in hospital.

However, guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora and drummer Mike Cosgrove have been released.

Mitchell sustained back injuries, Corso had a broken ankle, Zamora had foot injuries, and Cosgrove suffered cuts and bruises.

'Condolences'

The group were travelling to Lisbon, Portugal, from Luxembourgh as part of a 10-date European tour, for a concert due to take place on Wednesday.

Most of the band and crew were asleep in their bunks at the time of the accident.

Manager John Boyle said: "We send our condolences and prayers to the family of the driver and our prayers are with David in hopes that he has a full recovery.

"We're obviously very fortunate and thankful the band and crew survived the accident."

An appearance at Madrid's Festimad festival on Friday has also been cancelled, as well as a performance on Saturday at a rock festival in Washington DC.

The band were founded in Riverside, California, in 1996. Their cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal was a top five hit in the UK in autumn 2001.


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