2 Members Of Tower Of Power Struck By Train In Jack London Square

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Two members of famed Bay Area R&B group Tower of Power were hit by a train as they walked across tracks before a scheduled gig Thursday evening in Oakland’s Jack London Square.

Marc van Wageningen, David Garibaldi

Bass player Marc van Wageningen and drummer David Garibaldi of Tower of Power

KPIX 5 learned that drummer David Garibaldi and bass player Marc van Wageningen were rushing from the Waterfront Hotel across the train tracks to Yoshi’s jazz club around 7:30 p.m. for their set. They waited for one train to cross, but a second train going in the opposite direction hit them. The two were thrown several feet from the impact.

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Yoshi’s general manager, Hal Campos, told KPIX 5 he called 911 and stayed with the two injured men until help came. They were both unconscious and appeared to have broken bones, Campos said.

“We don’t know if they didn’t hear the train. We don’t know how this tragedy happened but we’re very, very sad about this. The band is emotionally destroyed … all of us worked with them for days now and many years, it’s really sad,” Campos said.

The men were taken to Highland Hospital and were said to be responsive at that time.

Concertgoers told KPIX they didn’t even know band members were hurt until they had stepped outside.

“They just said ‘We’re sorry, but the show has been canceled.’ They’re canceling the next two shows due to an emergency outside,” one patron told KPIX.

The band was supposed to play two back-to-back shows, their final performances in Oakland.


Sheila E tweeted: “Please pray for … bassist Marc Van Wageningen, drummer Dave Garibaldi for Tower of Power hit by a train in front of Yoshi’s in Oakland.”

The group of about a dozen musicians, mostly horns, has been a popular institution in the R&B world since forming in Oakland in 1968.

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  1. Chris Flum says:

    Very Sad, I have to imagine that they just were oblivious to the train coming from the opposite direction. Those Trains blare their horns in those stretches.. Terrible, I hope they recover

  2. My heart is with them, praying for fast recovery . Very sad.

  3. As an old Marin County boy, this is heartbreaking news. Sending healing prayers to the God of life & love from cold & snowy Montana. Love heals!

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