Mu­si­cians, struck by train, show­ing signs of re­cov­ery

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BAY AREA - By Kim­berly Vek­lerov Kim­berly Vek­lerov is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: kvek­lerov@sfchron­i­ Twit­ter: @kvek­lerov

Two mem­bers of the Oak­land R&B band Tower of Power re­mained in se­ri­ous con­di­tion Fri­day but were re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing hit by an Am­trak train near Jack London Square on Thurs­day night, the group’s leader said.

Drum­mer David Garibaldi and bas­sist Marc van Wa­genin­gen were crit­i­cally in­jured just be­fore a sched­uled show at the jazz night­club Yoshi’s. Ini­tial re­ports from po­lice and wit­nesses in­di­cate that four peo­ple were try­ing to cross the tracks just af­ter a long freight train had passed, not re­al­iz­ing that an Am­trak train was com­ing from the other di­rec­tion.

Two peo­ple in the group were able to jump out of the way, but Garibaldi and van Wa­genin­gen were struck by the Capi­tol Cor­ri­dor com­muter train, rolling through at about 25 mph. The warn­ing guard arms were down at the time, po­lice said.

Band­leader Emilio Castillo said Fri­day that doc­tors at High­land Hospi­tal were cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about his band­mates’ con­di­tions. Castillo said he saw Garibaldi on Thurs­day night but that van Wa­genin­gen was in the in­ten­sive care unit.

“Dave’s head and face were pretty swollen and bruised but he was lu­cid and ex­pected to re­cover,” Castillo said in a state­ment. “Marc came through surgery well; his in­ter­nal bleed­ing was stopped and they were wait­ing for him to sta­bi­lize in or­der to do fur­ther test­ing.”

The 10-mem­ber Tower of Power has long been a fix­ture on the Oak­land and R&B mu­sic scenes. Garibaldi is among the four orig­i­nal mem­bers still in the group, which was founded in 1968 and pro­duced the hits “What is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man.”

The show sched­uled for Thurs­day night, which was can­celed, was one of sev­eral the group was do­ing in Oak­land be­fore a tour across the coun­try.

On Fri­day morn­ing, Am­trak was in­volved in an­other crash when a Capi­tol Cor­ri­dor train in Santa Clara struck and killed a mo­torist.

Tower of Power drum­mer David Garibaldi, left, and bas­sist Marc van Wa­genin­gen were hurt in Oak­land.

Tower of Power pho­tos

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