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Rock band's tour bus falls 30 feet off viaduct near Bath

Seven people from the crash have been taken to hospital Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A coach, carrying American band Baroness, has left the A36 near Bath and plunged 30ft from a viaduct, seriously injuring two people on board.

The American heavy metal quartet are understood to have been en route to Southampton at the time of the accident after playing a gig at the Fleece in Bristol.

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.

Members of Baroness. Credit: Baronessmusic.com

Emergency services were called to the A36 close to Limpley Stoke Bridge 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.

A view inside a coach after it crashed and fell 30ft (9m) over a viaduct at the junction of Brassknocker Hill and the A36 in Bath. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

An Avon and Fire Rescue statement explained that when the emergency services arrived at the scene, seven passengers had already walked free from the wreckage.

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

Those who were trapped in the wreckage are understood to be seriously injured. Eight people involved in the incident were taken to Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The driver, believed to be in his 30s, has been taken to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

A view inside a coach after it crashed and fell 30ft (9m) over a viaduct at the junction of Brassknocker Hill and the A36 in Bath. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two men who work nearby heard the crash and came to help:

A spokesman for Baroness' 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.

Fire and Rescue crews at the scene after a coach crashed and fell 30ft (9m) over a viaduct at the junction of Brassknocker Hill Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Avon and Somerset Police has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Brassknocker Hill is one of the steepest roads in the area and would have been wet at the time of the accident following heavy rain. It's junction with the A36 is close to the restored Somerset Coal Canal, a popular visitor attraction just below the embankment where the coach came to rest.

The crash happened on the A36 Credit: ITV West

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

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