Chris Porter, Mitchell Vandenburg, and Adam Nurre finished up a show in Charleston, South Carolina, the day before. On their way to Baltimore for their next gig, the Austin trio known as Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes were caught in a fatal accident.
According to police, the crash occurred around 2:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday near Smithfield, North Carolina, which is southeast of Raleigh. A tractor-trailer traveling behind the trio’s vehicle failed to slow down when approaching stopped traffic, crashing into their vehicle and pushing it into the truck in front of them, according to the South Austin Patch.
The crash involved several vehicles near mile marker 88. Porter and Vandenburg died in the crash, reports the South Austin Patch. Nurre, the drummer of the band, survived the collision from the 18-wheeler. The extent of Nurre’s injuries is currently unknown, reports the South Austin Patch.
The following information regarding large truck traffic crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).