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Vallejo members OK after I-35 head-on collision



UPDATE: Guitarist and singer A.J. Vallejo sustained a broken wrist in the Saturday collision, guitarist Bruce Castleberry said Monday afternoon by phone.

Castleberry also confirmed that band members Omar Vallejo and Alex Geismar were not in the van at the time of the collision, having taken other vehicles back from Pflugerville.

Both the van and an equipment trailer were totaled, Castleberry said, adding that the band had purchased the van less than a month ago. They’ve not yet sold their previous van, which has 385,000 miles on it, he said.

The collision happened in downtown Austin near the Cesar Chavez exit off Interstate 35 and occured after the other vehicle apparently had struck a guardrail and spun into the southbound lane, Castleberry said. The three Vallejo members and the driver of the other vehicle all were taken to University Medical Center Brackendridge.

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Guitarist Bruce Castleberry of Austin band Vallejo confirmed in a Facebook post Monday afternoon that he and fellow Vallejo band members A.J. and Alejandro Vallejo “are all doing well” after their van was involved in a head-on collision on Interstate 35 as they returned from a Saturday show at Hanover’s Draught Haus in Pflugerville.

“Thank God for seatbelts and airbags, they really do work!” Castleberry posted, along with three photos from the scene that showed significant damage to both the band’s van and the other vehicle.

The band canceled a Sunday afternoon appearance at the Steamboat reunion show at Threadgill’s. As for future shows, Castleberry posted that “we are going to do our best to do as many dates as our bodies will allow.” According to Vallejo’s website, the band’s next scheduled performances is on May 30 in Fort Worth.

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