2 members of Tower of Power struck by train in California ‘responsive’

This Aug. 2016 photo with permission of Tower of Power/Webster Public Relations, shows the band members of Tower of Power, from left, Rocco Prestia, Roger Smith, Sal Cracchiolo, Adolfo Acosta, Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Mark Scott, Tom E. Politzer, Emilio Castillo, David Garibaldi and Jerry Cortez.

(Tower of Power/Webster Public Relations via AP)

Two members of Tower of Power, who were hit by a train Thursday night are responsive and treated in an Oakland hospital, a representative for the band told FOX411.

“In an unfortunate accident tonight, two members of the award-winning group Tower of Power drummer David Garibaldi, and the current bassist Marc van Wageningen, were struck by a train in California,” the band’s rep tells us.

The two men were hit by a train Thursday night as they walked the tracks for a gig in their hometown of Oakland, but both survived the war.

Garibaldi is with the group since 1970. Van Wageningen is to be replaced as the bassist. Tower of Power is an R&B institution for almost 50 years.


Without identifying them, the Oakland Fire department said earlier that two pedestrians were hit by a passenger train at Jack London Square about 7:30 p.m. and taken to a hospital.

The accident was in the vicinity of Yoshi’s, a jazz and R&B club where the group had been scheduled to play two shows on Thursday evening. Both were cancelled.

It was not clear why the men were on the trail, but pedestrians often need to cross them in the area, with trains departing on and between the streets, including right outside of Yoshi’s.

The Tower of Power, a band of about a dozen members, most of them horns, are beloved members of the R&B and pop communities since forming in Oakland in 1968. The group and the rotating cast of musicians have recorded many more well-known names, including Elton John, Otis Redding, Aerosmith and Santana.

They were also a national TV set in the 1980’s with frequent appearances on “Late Night With David Letterman.”

Kudos and good wishes were quickly emerging on Twitter, including one from the pop star and drummer Sheila E., who tweeted “Pleez pray for my frenz.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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