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Baroness tour bus falls off viaduct

By | Published on Thursday 16 August 2012


American metallers Baroness were involved in a serious accident yesterday morning, when their tour bus fell off a 30 foot viaduct near Bath.

Nine people, including the four band members, were travelling in the bus when it crashed. Seven people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. However, two people, including the driver, had to be freed from the wreckage by firefighters and were said to be hurt more seriously. ITV West reports that the driver had sustained “life-changing injuries”.

The band, who are currently touring the UK in support of their third album ‘Yellow & Green’, which was released in July, played a gig in Bristol on Tuesday night and were travelling to their next show in Southampton. All tour dates have now been postponed.

Tony Cook, who was working nearby where the crash happened, told the BBC: “At the top of the hill it is quite windy so they were going quite slow and seemed to be taking it quite carefully. It was torrential rain – it was like one of these eastern storms or something – it was like a river down here”.

He continued: “When we got down there the driver was hanging out of front of the coach, but his legs were trapped so we had to free him and get him back and comfortable. Then we got some ladders down there so that the people that were conscious inside could get out. We just got the people to the side of the road and made them comfortable and just helped where we could, because obviously there was quite a bit of commotion, screaming and that, but then the police and the ambulance got here and they took over”.

Inspector Nick Hunt from Avon and Somerset Police added: “Police are investigating the circumstances of the accident. At this stage it is too early to tell what the cause was”.