Bret Michaels Escapes Serious Injury in Tour Bus Accident

UPDATE 12:05 PM PST: Bret Michaels gave CB! an exclusive statement about the accident: “Except for some bumps and bruises I am thankful there were no serious injuries,” said the Poison frontman. “It is unfortunate for the deer, but thankfully due to modern RV technology and a steel firewall we are all okay.  I have every intention to make tonight’s show in Biloxi and the tour will continue.”

Sources close to Bret Michaels tell Celebuzz exclusively that the rocker escaped serious injury Friday morning when his tour bus hit “several deer.” Michaels was traveling in a brand new tour bus between Abilene, Texas and Biloxi, Mississippi at the time of the crash. Michaels, as well as his driver and head of security, only got minor cuts and bruises when the bus collided with some deer in the road. The deer were likely not as lucky.

Michaels, who got his start with the hair metal band Poison, has spent plenty of time on buses. He’s been touring for decades and even hosted a reality dating show on a bus. He is also, unfortunately, no stranger to health scares; in 2010 Michaels was hospitalized three times: once with appendicitis, then again with a subarachnoid hemorrhage and a third time after he suffered a stroke, the result of a hole in his heart (it was never officially confirmed to have been caused by Daisy de la Hoya).

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying Bret Michaels is one tough bastard. We’re glad he’s okay and our source says Michaels will still play his show tonight at the Biloxi Hard Rock Hotel, as scheduled. Rock on, Bret.