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HATE ETERNAL Involved in Van Accident

March 12, 2003

HATE ETERNAL were involved in a van accident Saturday (March 8) afternoon in Wisconsin en route to a show on their headlining tour with DYING FETUS, KATAKLYSM, and INTO ETERNITY. HATE ETERNAL’s van slid on a patch of black ice on the highway and hit a tree, causing their trailer to swing around and impact the van. No other vehicles were involved in the accident, although there were other accidents on the same stretch of road that day. The accident totalled HATE ETERNAL’s van. Frontman Erik Rutan sustained injuries, including whiplash and a cracked vertebrae. The other members of the band and the tour manager walked away without injuries. Rutan has been released from the hospital and will be returning home to Florida to recover. Erik made the following statement: “All the shows on this tour were great. We apologize to the fans and the promoters and we will be back as soon as possible to make up for this.” Any messages for Erik and HATE ETERNAL can be e-mailed to: