Guess Who’s Burton Cummings Injured in Crash

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The former lead singer and keyboardist of Canada’s hitmaking Guess Who, Burton Cummings, was injured in a car crash on May 13, according to a lengthy post on his Facebook page. Cummings reported that he was in Los Angeles, where he was slated to begin serving jury duty in a medical malpractice case, when a driver ran a red light and totaled Cummings’ car.

“I suffered a concussion as my head cracked my front windshield,” Cummings posted. “I have cuts and serious bruising on both arms, and my left leg is very painful. Also, intense back pain. I need some serious healing time and won’t be able to fly right away.”

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Cummings added that, “This accident has come at an extremely bad time for me…for more than just one reason. With my current pain and aftershock nervousness I’m in no condition to deal with all the venom here on line. It would be crushing at the best of times, but right now, in the condition in which I find myself, it’s just impossible to deal with. I’m through with social media for the most part.”

Cummings posted this picture of his car on his Facebook page on May 16

The singer of such hits as “American Woman” and “These Eyes” added that he is presently unable to perform due to the accident: “I’m in a lot of physical pain today. I’m trying to focus on just how lucky I am not to have been killed or crippled. My hands and throat are basically okay, although I would be in no condition to do a show right now. No glass hit my eyes, but the concussion was quite serious. My head is quite swollen, as is my left elbow…both arms have many cuts and bruises.”

Related: Our interview with Cummings’ former Guess Who bandmate Randy Bachman

Detailing the crash further, he wrote, “I was unconscious for a few seconds before I came to and was fortunately able to get out of the car myself. It’s totaled…it looks like a piece of crumpled up foolscap that you would toss into the garbage. I’ve always been extremely wary of shrinks and therapists, but now, at 70, after this accident, I know I’m going to have to get some help getting over the shock…that’s the worst part right now…trying to keep telling myself that I’m okay…my mind keeps reliving the awful crash…the terror and the sound. I won’t be around here much anymore for obvious reasons that are largely self-explanatory. Any good thoughts of healing and peace that could be sent my way right now would be infinitely appreciated.”

On May 16, Cummings noted on Facebook: “The police found some security camera footage that proved that I had a green light and this other guy ran his red light. My head hit the windshield hard enough to crack it…headaches still coming and going…”

Watch Burton Cummings sing “These Eyes”

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