We’ve all been there. You’re trying to pass the time while making a long trip, so you crank up the radio and belt out some tunes. You’ve just gotta make sure you’re paying attention to the road while putting on the one-man show of the century. That’s where our good friend Travis Carpenter slipped up.
I know I have an express ticket to hell because I laughed my ass off when he let out that scream. He went from doing some soulful singing to screaming for his life in an instant. This is the face of pure terror.
Life comes at you fast. But thankfully, Carpenter miraculously made it out of the accident with no injuries. In the video’s YouTube description, he explained the crash and its aftermath.
I was traveling from Indianapolis to Whitewater, WI for a practice weekend with Machine Ultimate. I was going 70mph (speed limit) on I65 north. I travel the 3-4 hours by myself every time and use singing as a way to pass time, and critique it later. At this point I was practicing a nasal type voice on a Casting Crowns song when the crash happened. I was watching the road and saw nothing that caused me to worry. Simply hydroplaned in a heavy rain. My car slid sideways, and then was completely backwards by the time I slid off the road and went down a small hill. I hit a mile marker sign (230) on my way off the road. Here are two of the most amazing parts: I sustained NO injuries. Not even a scratch. And my car took NO mechanical damage and is completely driveable. Only body damage.
The car having no mechanical damage is amazing. He probably can just scoop up the loose change that was flying around to cover those body expenses.
I’m not mad at Travis for getting a little careless behind the wheel, as that type of accident could happen to anyone. Shit happens. But I am upset that he didn’t finish the song. True performers know that no matter what, the show must go on.