Travis Barker and DJ AM: Plane Crash Witness Speaks

September 23rd, 2008 // Leave a Comment

This is the scene outside of Travis Barker‘s store, The Fast Life, in West Hollywood. Fans have left tributes to Barker’s personal assistant, Chris Baker, who perished in the deadly plane crash last weekend.

William Owens, a truck driver, spoke to E! News about witnessing the Columbia, South Carolina Learjet crash that badly injured Barker and DJ AM and killed Baker and three others.

Owens says that he was driving in his van down Highway 302, near the
Columbia airport, shortly before midnight when he saw “a ball of fire
going across the road.”

“It ignites–it crashed, in fact–went across the highway and crashed,
dumping two guys out onto the highway, and they were on fire, I’m
seeing that as I approach, and the plane is burning slightly,” Owens said.

The two dudes on fire were Barker and AM (aka Adam Goldstein).

“I crossed the jet fuel to get closer to the guys who were still
beating the flames off of them. The DJ is helping the drummer get out
of his pants; he strips off and he’s standing there naked. The two go
to the grass. They’re circling; they’re, like, stunned. I certainly am
as well; I don’t know what to do. They don’t know what to do,” Owens said.

Mr. Owens says that there wasn’t anything that could be done for the remaining passengers as “it was a totally helpless, hopeless situation.” So gruesome and sad.

Click on any image in the gallery for more photos.


This is the scene outside of Travis Barker‘s store, The Fast Life, in West Hollywood. Fans have left tributes to Barker’s personal assistant, Chris Baker, who perished in the deadly plane crash last weekend.William Owens, a truck driver, spoke to E! News about witnessing the Columbia, South Carolina Learjet crash that badly injured Barker and DJ AM and killed Baker and three others.Owens says that he was driving in his van down Highway 302, near the
Columbia airport, shortly before midnight when he saw “a ball of fire
going across the road.”"It ignites–it crashed, in fact–went across the highway and crashed,
dumping two guys out onto the highway, and they were on fire, I’m
seeing that as I approach, and the plane is burning slightly,” Owens said.The two dudes on fire were Barker and AM (aka Adam Goldstein). “I crossed the jet fuel to get closer to the guys who were still
beating the flames off of them. The DJ is helping the drummer get out
of his pants; he strips off and he’s standing there naked. The two go
to the grass. They’re circling; they’re, like, stunned. I certainly am
as well; I don’t know what to do. They don’t know what to do,” Owens said.Mr.
Owens says that there wasn’t anything that could be done for the
remaining passengers as “it was a totally helpless, hopeless
situation.” So gruesome and sad.

Click on any image in the gallery for more photos.

By J. Harvey
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