Triad man at Manchester Arena during attack releases statement

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Two men who live in the Triad survived Monday night's terrorist attack in Manchester. They're both crew members with Ariana Grande's tour.

FOX8 talked to the head of their union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He said Jeff Haddox and Colin Nevins are now safe in London.

"They're shaken," said Bill Daves, the head of the union.

Daves said Haddox and Nevins were either backstage or on the loading dock outside the arena in Manchester, getting ready to strike the set, when the bomb went off.

"[Nevins] says he didn't hear it, but he says it was just a lot of chaos," Daves said. "He come back in, and according to what he said was, his stage manager got on stage and tried to calm everybody down."

Haddox, Nevins and the rest of the crew were rushed out of the area and onto buses.

"They waited about four, five hours before they could even leave," Daves said. "They're in London now waiting to see what's going to happen with the tour."

All of the rigging and equipment from the concert remains set up inside the arena.

Haddox sent us a statement on Facebook, which says, "I just wanna say that my road family and I were lucky and made it all out safely. Thankful for a production and security team that got us out quickly. I just want everyone to stop and say a prayer for all the families of the victims and to say prayers for my road family. We all seen and heard things we will never forget. A senseless act of terrorism. God bless!!"

Ariana Grande's team has not officially announced if the tour will be canceled or suspended and it's not clear if Haddox and Nevins will keep traveling with her tour.

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