Johnny Holm and daughter hospitalized after tour van accident in N.D.
UPDATED 12:45 p.m.
BISMARCK - Johnny Holm has been released from a hospital here following an accident Wednesday involving his tour van.
Authorities say Holm was ejected from the vehicle about 60 miles west of Mandan, N.D., during the accident.
Morton County Sheriff Dave Shipman said the van carrying The Johnny Holm Band was headed west along Interstate 94 when it went "off the roadway, into the ditch and rolled onto its side." Shipman said poor visibility and driving conditions are believed to have played a role in the accident.
Everyone was conscious when an ambulance arrived about 13 minutes after the accident, Shipman said. Authorities were notified about the accident about 9:30 p.m., the sheriff said.
He said it was difficult to get to the scene of the accident, which was in a rural area and about a mile outside of the Stark County line.
Johnny Holm and his daughter Jordan Holm, at left, perform April 30 at the Eagles Club in Valley City, N.D., for a Valley City State University year-end student dance there. Bruce Crummy / The Forum
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"One of the deputies responding went into the ditch himself trying to get to it," he said.
Seven people on board suffered minor injuries, according to Holm's agent Jean Hoffman, adding the band hit black ice.
Bandleader Johnny Holm was admitted to St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck and kept overnight, according to Jamie Olson, a hospital spokeswoman. Holm's daughter, Jordan, who joined the group in 2006, also was treated in the emergency room, but was not admitted to the hospital, Olson said. Jordan Holm did stay with her father overnight and the two are expected to leave with him shortly.
"He's still probably here, just getting his stuff and medications and all that," Olson said. She said Holm was last listed in good condition, which means his vitals are stable.
The band was heading for a gig at Army's West Sports Bar in Dickinson, N.D., Wednesday night.
A production crew that travels separate from the band had set up for the show and was "ready to rock 'n' roll," when a production crew member was informed of the crash via a call from the band's drummer about 9 p.m., according to Eric Boettcher, manager and part owner of the bar.
Boettcher said Johnny Holm and his band perform at the bar two or three times a year.
He said a large crowd had turned out Wednesday night at Army's West, which has an event capacity of 350 people.
Holm is scheduled to play tonight at Borrowed Bucks in Bismarck.
Brad Erickson, the bar's general manager, was unaware of the accident when reached about noon today.
He said the concert is still scheduled for tonight, but added that could change.
"At this point he's playing, but I don't know," Erickson said.
Holm started performing in 1969 for $20 a night at the Moorhead bar that's now Mick's Office. The 58-year-old has since become a regional music star, performing his spirited versions of classic and contemporary songs at bars, nightclubs, college parties and festivals throughout the upper MidWest region more than 180 days a year. In recent years, Holm has been joined on stage by his daughter, Jordan, who has been mentioned as a replacement if and when her father decided to retire.
Holm grew up in Brainerd, Minn., moved to Fargo-Moorhead for college and now lives in a Twin Cities suburb.