Country singer Jerrod Niemann survives bus explosion
"Lover, Lover" country singer Jerrod Niemann is thanking his lucky stars today: He -- and his crew -- managed to avoid a fiery explosion that destroyed his tour bus.
Country singer Jerrod Niemann was coming off a great night of performing when his bus ignited on fire, leaving him and his crew without a ride back to Nashville. The "Lover, Lover" singer just finished performing at the Heart Strings for Hope benefit in Chattanooga, Tennessee when a friend alerted him to the bus fire.
"I smelled something when I got on the bus but I figured it was that smell a heater makes when it comes on," he told People. "Jon Stone, a songwriter who was with us because he wrote Lee Brice's new song, said, 'Dude, I think your bus is on fire.'"
The singer didn't believe it at first, but another confirmation sent him packing in a hurry.
"I said, 'No, that's the heater.' But he had been on Lee's bus when it caught on fire just recently, so he was pretty adamant," he added. "He and Lee went outside and Lee came back on and said, 'No dude, this bus is on fire! You need to get your stuff and get off now!'"
"We could see the fire moving up from the back corner of the bus, under the bus, and we were backing up, then the windshield blew out with a piece of blind stuck to it," he continued. "All the pressure built up and blew it out."
He had a good sense of humor about it though, posing for an obscene picture in front of the burning bus.
"I'm just grateful to Jon and Lee for recognizing it, and so thankful that we weren't parked somewhere sleeping because we may not have smelled the smoke at all until it was too late," he said. "It happened so fast we didn't have time to get scared, but we were pretty shook up after."
Luckily for him, he won't have to deal with insurance claims and all the headaches that come along with it — he was only borrowing the bus.
"It used to belong to LeAnn Rimes and it was pretty luxe!" he said of his test ride. "I'm glad I got to ride in it for one night at least."
Ouch! Someone's not going to be very happy — and it's not Jerrod Niemann! We just hope the dealer had plenty of insurance on it.