Hardy tweeted that he, whose full name is Michael Wilson Hardy, had been released from the hospital and was doing well after suffering “severe injuries,” but that the bus driver was still in the hospital.
Tennessee State Troopers’ first report named the driver, 59-year-old James Hudson, and the passengers, 36-year-old Noah Brown and 32-year-old Tanner Gallagher. All of the passengers except for Hudson were not wearing seat belts, but Hudson was, according to the report.
Hardy wrote, “Our friend and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital.” The entire family is currently at the hospital with him, and our thoughts and prayers are with him.
After saying, “I’ve been freed from the hospital but told by physicians to recover for the next few weeks, which may cost us a handful of gigs,” he elaborated. While I recuperate over the next few days, my staff and I will keep the fans informed.
It was unclear how seriously injured Brown and Gallagher were.
According to the report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the bus went off the right shoulder of Interstate 40 and landed on its left side.
According to the Country Thunder Music Festival, Hardy performed on Saturday night.
On his website, Hardy will be joining fellow country artist Morgan Wallen on tour this weekend, making a stop in Arlington, Texas.
The show’s fate is up in the air at the moment.
Hardy took home the trophy for best songwriter at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. His newest and third album, “Hixtape: Vol. 2,” came out late last year.
A message of encouragement for Hardy and his crew was tweeted out from the official Country Thunder festival account.
The message said, “Hardy and his crew have become close members of our festival family, and we are praying for healthy recoveries for everyone involved in last night’s disaster.”
“Please keep our friend Harrison and his road crew in your thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery,” Bristol Motor Speedway, the festival’s host site, tweeted.
At the end of his tweet, Hardy gave credit to the police officer that arrived on the scene.
He said, “God bless our medics and local and state officials for their rapid response and outstanding service.”