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The Ghost Inside’s Jim Riley Recounts Tragic Bus Accident In New Instagram Post

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It’s been a fighting few months for The Ghost Inside after the Cali metalcore heroes wound up in a violent road accident last November when their tour bus collided with a semi-trailer, killing the drivers of both vehicles.

It’s been an uphill battle for all members since, but despite their intensive injuries, they’ve been making enormous strides: drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has returned to the kit following the amputation of his right leg, vocalist Jonathan Vigil has beat a bone infection and is on the mend, and the band have since vowed to return to the stage either at, or before the 2017 Vans Warped Tour.

Now, bassist Jim Riley has made a heart-wrenching statement recounting the tragic event on his Instagram profile. It paints a vivid picture of an incident none of us would ever want to be involved in, but moreso, it paints a picture of incredible strength and uplifting attitudes.

“I’m the tour dad; the guy that fixes what breaks and looks after our little family,” he notes. “I was stuck on the sideline while my guys fought for their survival. Even now, I want to heal them. I would trade my body for theirs in a heartbeat. But they are teaching me the true meaning of strength every day.

“Some days suck. We have each other. Some days are great. We have each other. But above it all, we have the days and the chance to get through them and see another. This life is an incredible gift and I am fortunate to share it with such warriors.”

TGI’s positivity throughout this ordeal is beyond commendable and the road ahead is still a long one, so if you have the means we strongly encourage you to donate to the band’s Gofundme to help out with the immense costs of their recovery. As ever, our hearts and respect go out to The Ghost Inside.

Read the full statement below:

I went to bed last night knowing today was going to be emotional. On November 19th I woke up to a living nightmare. I knew something bad had happened but no clue the extent. I checked to make sure I wasn’t impaled by anything and got myself out that back window. I was the first person out of the bus and the first to see the scene. The next two hours were a blur. Everything was confusion. Fearing for the lives of my best friends and learning of the two drivers’ lives lost. One by one the other guys emerged from the wreckage, a couple on their own but most on backboards. I remember feeling lost and helpless. I’m the tour dad; the guy that fixes what breaks and looks after our little family. I was stuck on the sideline while my guys fought for their survival. Even now, I want to heal them. I would trade my body for theirs in a heartbeat. But they are teaching me the true meaning of strength every day. In the face of countless doctors, complications, and a totally unexpected new life, they remain unbroken. To speak to them you wouldn’t know what they are growing through. Still joking and smiling, still finding the single rays of sunshine in what could be an overwhelming storm. Some days suck. We have each other. Some days are great. We have each other. But above it all, we have the days and the chance to get through them and see another. This life is an incredible gift and I am fortunate to share it with such warriors. To the rest of The Ten, you inspire me immeasurably. Hey death, get fucked.

A photo posted by Jim Riley (@thejimriley) on

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