Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares has told of the moment the band’s tour bus went up in flames – melting to the road and causing the closure of the M1 motorway last night.
The band were on their way to London following a sell-out show in Sheffield when the coach driver spotted smoke coming from the back wheel.
Within minutes the bus had been evacuated but Cazares explained: “Everyone was asleep except two crew.
“At about 3:30am the bus driver noticed smoke coming from the back right wheel. He stopped, jumped out and noticed a flame underneath the wheel well. He tried to extinguish it but the flames were too much.
“Everyone was woken up by one of our crew yelling get everyone up and out of the bus. Everyone grabbed there bags and ran off the bus. We stood on the side of the freeway going thank God we all made it out.
“Until someone noticed our merchandise guy was still asleep on the bus so our good friend ran back onto the smoked filled bus and got him out just minutes before the bus was completely in flames.
“Our eyes are burning and we were all coughing from the smoke. Some of us lost wallets, money, computers etc. But that’s not important compared to our lives. It only took about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to be completely covered in flames.
“The fire trucks and the police finally arrived but it was to late to save anything on the bus. I hope they saved our trailer with the gear? A bus picked us up and brought us to a nearby hotel. We found out early this morning that the trailer was saved 🙂 and the bus is just a metal frame on the side of the road . They had to scrape up what was left of the bus from the road because it melted into the pavement.”