Two Members of Tower of Power Seriously Injured When Hit By Train

Dave Garibaldi (via Tower of
Power Facebook)
by VVN Music

Drummer Dave Garibaldi and bassist Marc Van Wageningen of the band Tower of Power were seriously injured on Thursday night when they were hit by a train while walking in Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.

According to a representative of Union Pacific Railroad (via the East Bay Times), the two musicians and a number of other pedestrians waited for a northbound Union Pacific freight train to pass by before crossing the tracks. Even though the gates remained down, the two men started to cross not realizing that an Amtrak train was just reaching the crossing headed south.

Garibaldi and Wageningen were headed from their hotel to Yoshi's where the band was to perform that night. Garibaldi suffered head and facial injuries while Wageningen had broken rips, a concussion and internal injuries. Both were listed in critical but stable condition.

Marc Van Wageningen (via Tower
of Power Facebook)
Emilio Castillo, bandleader of the group, wrote on Facebook:

I was at the hospital last night and saw David but Marc was in intensive care and I wasn't able to see him. Dave's head and face were pretty swollen and bruised but he was lucid and expected to recover. Marc came through surgery well; his internal bleeding was stopped and they were waiting for him to stabilize in order to do further testing. The doctors were cautiously optimistic. We appreciate the responses and prayers from our former bandmates, friends, and fans and we all remain hopeful and in prayer.

Garibaldi has been a member of Tower of Power since 1970 while Wageningen has been filling in for regular bass player Frank Rocco Prestia.

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