Rock band in horror tour bus crash
Prog-punk band Baroness and their crew were rushed to hospital yesterday after their tour bus plummeted off a viaduct near Bath in England.
Nine people have been reported injured – two seriously – in the horror smash after the vehicle left the A36 road and fell 30 feet.
The American prog-punk band were midway through a tour of the UK. They’d played a show in Bristol and were heading to Southampton.
It’s thought torrential rain, which reduced visibility to almost zero, was a contributing factor. Eyewitnesses suggest the bus was moving very slowly as a precaution against the weather before it appeared to “fall off” the viaduct.
Seven of their entourage were taken to the Royal United Hospital, Bath, while two others had to be cut free from the wreckage. One of those joined his tourmates at RUH while the other went to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. None have been released. The weather conditions meant air ambulance services were not able to assist.
Inspector Nick Hunt of Avon and Somerset Police says: “We are investigating the circumstances, but at this stage it is too early to tell what the cause was.”
Baroness formed in Savannah, Georgia in 2003, and released their third studio album, Yellow & Green, earlier this year. The current lineup includes John Baizley (vocals, guitar), Allen Blickle (drums), Peter Adams (guitar) and Matt Maggioni (bass).
An official statement says: “Baroness were in a serious bus accident last night. The band members and crew are recovering at local hospitals. All tour dates are postponed until further notice.”