US band in coach viaduct fall

A coach carrying nine people, including members of the US band Baroness, has crashed off a viaduct in Bath and fallen 30ft. Two people who were trapped are being treated for serious injuries. Seven others have relatively minor injuries.

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US band members remain in hospital after coach crash

Members of American band Baroness and their crew have been recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crash outside of Bath early on Wednesday morning.

Members of Baroness. Credit: Baronessmusic.com

The band issued a statement on their website today: "John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae.

"All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams has been treated and released from the hospital.

"Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition."

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Witness describes dramatic first moments after band's coach crash

Kerry Heskith, 24, who works in the Angelfish Cafe next to the crash site, said it was a "miracle" no-one was more seriously hurt.

The assistant manager said

It was pouring down with rain and we just heard a humongous noise, a massive bang.

It was like a cross between thunder and a massive lorry crash.Me and my colleague just looked at each other and ran straight around the coroner and went up onto the road and we saw the vehicle that had gone over and ran straight back to get our colleagues to ring the emergency services.We then went back around the corner and saw that it was a coach and presumed the worse - that it was full of people.

There were just trees everywhere and it was all smashed up.We could see a couple of people moving inside and it was quite quickly assumed that everyone was alive and we got the numbers that it was nine people.

Bands send good wishes to US band Baroness after coach crash

Fellow bands have been sending best wishes to US rock band Baroness who are believed to have been on board a coach that crashed off a viaduct in Bath today.

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Just heard about the Baroness bus crash & have our fingers crossed everyone involved in the accident is fine. Fantastic band and great guys

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Two seriously injured after rock band coach crash

Emergency services were called to the A36 near Bath at 11.30am following reports a 52-seater coach had failed to stop and had left the road, plunging 30ft from a viaduct.

The wreckage of the coach off the A36. Credit: ITV News

When the emergency services arrived, seven passengers had walked free from the wreckage.

The driver and a passenger were trapped inside and had to be freed.

Those who were trapped are understood to be seriously injured. All nine people involved were taken to hospital.

Members of the band Baroness are understood to have been travelling on the coach, as part of their European tour.

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Bath crash coach was carrying American rock band

It has been confirmed that Rock band Baroness were on the coach that crashed off a viaduct on the A36 near Bath.

The American heavy metal quartet were en route to Southampton after playing a gig at the Fleece in Bristol.

Members of Baroness. Credit: Baronessmusic.com

The band had been nearing the end of a month-long European tour which had started in Switzerland and was due to end in Germany later this week.

The group had hired a tour coach in Germany for the duration, which they were travelling in when the accident happened.

A spokesman for their British promoters, Advance Music Promotions, was unable to confirm whether their gig tonight at Talking Heads in Southampton would go ahead. He referred callers to the promoters' website and Facebook page.

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