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Tower of Power members recovering after train accident

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    An Amtrak train passes in front of Yoshi’s jazz club in Oakland, Calif. on Jan. 13. Two members of Tower of Power, a group that has been an R&B institution for nearly 50 years, were hit by an Amtrak train on Jan. 12, as they walked across tracks before a performance in their hometown of Oakland. The drummer Dave Garibaldi is in fair condition but will remain hospitalized for the next few days, according to a statement from the band. Garibaldi suffered head and facial injuries and bassist Marc Van Wageningen remains in critical condition, but has been responsive. Van Wageningen suffered broken ribs, a concussion, and internal injuries. He underwent surgery.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010

    Tower of Power performs at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in 2010.

OAKLAND, Calif. >> Authorities say two musicians with the band Tower of Power remain hospitalized after being hit last week by an Amtrak train in Oakland.

The East Bay Times reports that drummer Dave Garibaldi is in fair condition but will remain hospitalized for the next few days, according to a statement from the band. Garibaldi suffered head and facial injuries on Jan. 12.

Bassist Marc Van Wageningen remains in critical condition, but has been responsive. Van Wageningen suffered broken ribs, a concussion, and internal injuries. He underwent surgery.

Fans of the funk/R&B band have raised nearly $100,000 to help with medical expenses. The musicians were heading to a performance at an Oakland nightclub when they were hit by the train near Jack London Square.

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