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Chicago musician hospitalized with serious injuries after horrific accident in California

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A beloved Chicago musician survived a horrific car crash on her way home after a show on Saturday night outside of Los Angeles.

The accident happened shortly after 10 p.m. PST on Highway 110. Although the crash occurred in California, the Chicago music community is now rallying around Grammy-nominated violinist Chihsuan Yang, 38. Awards and long-time member of famous local band Chamber Blues. .

“I was very excited to come back as a touring musician, and then it happened,” Yang said Monday from her hospital bed, where she is being treated for two lower spine fractures. vertebral, among other injuries.

The accident happened on the eve of a record breaking day in Yang’s musical career. She composed and starred in an ad that debuted on Sunday night’s Emmy Awards – a feat she hoped to watch with loved ones, but instead had to watch from a hospital bed.

“To watch this in the hospital bed, all banged up and on morphine, it’s just surreal,” Yang said.

“Chihsuan is very rare indeed,” said Corky Siegel, founder and frontman of Chamber Blues, who has toured with Yang for 15 years. “Emotionally, it’s a big ‘phew’, because she’s alive, and she’ll be fine, I think.”

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Although the circumstances leading up to the crash are still unknown, Yang said she was returning from a show with her partner, Nikki, 32, and their daughter Ember, 10, when a car going into the opposite direction jumped the median of the freeway and hit them head-on.

“The airbag burst and the first thing I remember is Ember screaming,” Yang said.

All three survived, but are now hospitalized with serious injuries. In addition to his spinal fractures, Yang suffered an injury in the worst possible place for a violinist. “My little finger is fractured,” she said. “And it’s important to me because it’s my livelihood.”

Yang says she is grateful that she and her loved ones are alive, and a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help them in the coming months.

“She was counting on being able to start earning a living and now that won’t happen again,” Siegel said.

The crash comes on the heels of an already difficult year for touring musicians, with live performances virtually shut down for most of the pandemic. Yang says that although she is “stressed about the road ahead”, she tries to stay positive.

“Maybe the universe has a plan for me that I don’t see right now,” she said.

The GoFundMe campaign to help Chihsuan, Nikki and Ember can be found HERE.