Band members in hospital after fatal crash
PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Some music fans in Luzerne County are praying for a local singer following Friday's deadly crash in Florida.
Troopers said on Friday that Janet Rains, 48, Pittston, was critically injured.
She's better known as "Jane Train" from the '80s cover band M-80, which had many performances in our area.
Police say her band RV and another vehicle with the band "Adrenaline Mob" that she managed had stopped on the shoulder when a semi crashed into them, causing the RV to catch fire.
The band's bassist, David Zablidowsky, 38, Brooklyn, N.Y., was killed.
"I used to go see them all the time when they were around in the area," says Cierra Lambert. "I haven't seen them here in a while. I know they've been traveling a lot and it's kind of sad what happened with the accident and everything and I hope Jane's OK."
"We'll pray for her. She's always up and down the street maintaining her home and she lives up here at the hop of the hill," says Theresa Santoro. "We all hope she does well and hope to hear what her condition is soon."
A friend says Rains served on a board to help downtown Pittston and is also a landlord.
Several others were also injured including Jason McCole, 41, Wilkes-Barre, and Robert Dressler, 45, Plains.
Our sister station WGFL posted more pictures and videos from the crash and spoke with a witness who helped:
MICANOPY, Fla. (WGFL) — The bassist for the rock group Adrenaline Mob died and seven others were injured Friday after a tractor-trailer crashed into the band's RV after it pulled over onto the shoulder of I-75.
The wreck happened about 12:15 p.m. near mile marker 372, igniting the side of the highway into flames.
The Highway Patrol said Saturday night that David Zablidowsky, 38, Brooklyn, N.Y., a passenger in the RV, died in the crash.
Troopers say five others inside the RV were injured, in addition to two men riding inside a GMC Sierra that was traveling with the RV and pulled onto the shoulder behind it.
In a Facebook post Saturday, Adrenaline Mob band member Russell Allen confirmed widespread media reports that Zablidowsky, otherwise known as bassist David Z, died in the crash.
Patrick Dumon, a U.S. Marine who was driving by when he saw the fiery crash, was one of the first people to arrive on the scene after the crash.
"I've never seen that much blood, people crying out in pain," Dumon told CBS 4 News. "No one else was really pulling over. Everyone just kept driving by. And it kind of irritated me. Like there are people over there that could be needing help."
In his Facebook post, Allen thanked Dumon for helping him save members of the crew.
"I want to personally thank Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his bravery in assisting me pull our Driver Jason from the wreckage and for attending to his wounds. And for helping me to secure and attend to Jane once I was able to get her free from the fire. Without his selfless act of courage I would not have been able to get them clear of the RV before it was engulfed in flames. On behalf of my band and crew I thank you," Allen wrote.
Those injured on the RV were:
- 48-year-old Janet Rains of Pittston, was listed in critical condition.
- 41-year-old Jason McCole, Wilkes-Barre, the driver of the RV, was listed in serious condition.
- 45-year-old Robert Dressler, Plains, was listed in serious condition.
- 38-year-old Russell Allen, New Jersey, was listed in serious condition.
- 51-year-old Dale Campiglia, Levittown, N.Y., was listed in serious condition.
The driver and passenger of a GMC Sierra traveling with the RV were also listed in serious condition. They are:
- 27-year-old Jordan Cannata, West Babylon, N.Y.
- 46-year-old Mike Orlando, Staten Island, N.Y.
The driver of the semi was not injured. No charges have been filed in the crash.
The crash caused the closure of the southbound lanes for nearly seven hours Friday.