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Rock band's coach driver fined after Bath crash

The coach veered off the road at Brassknocker Hill near Bath last August. Credit: ITV News West Country

A coach driver who caused a near-death crash has been fined £365.

Norman Markus, from Germany, was driving American rock band Baroness on their European tour when he veered off the road and down a 30 foot embankment at Brassknocker Hill, Monkton Combe, near Bath.

Markus pleaded guilty to careless driving and using a vehicle with defective brakes.


Band members quit after bus crash in Bath

Baroness' tour bus fell 30 feet down an embankment in Bath Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Two members of the American rock band Baroness, who were nearly killed in a bus crash near Bath, have had to quit the group because of their injuries.

The band's tour bus plunged 30 feet down an embankment at Brassknocker Hill last August. Drummer Allen Blickle and bass player Matt Maggioni will not be present on Baroness' forthcoming U.S tour.

Coach driver to be charged over rock band's crash

The driver of a coach which plunged 30 feet off a viaduct near Bath is to be charged with a number of offences including dangerous driving and using a vehicle with defective brakes.

Norman Markus, from Germany, was among nine people injured, many seriously, when the bus left the road in August last year.

It was carrying members of an American rock band who were on a European tour.

Richard Payne reports:


9 charges authorised against driver of Bath bus crash

The scene after the coach crashed Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Charges have been authorised by the CPS, against the driver of a coach that fell 30 feet from a viaduct near Bath last August.

38-year-old Norman Markus was driving the coach, which was being used as a tour bus for the American rock band Baroness. Nine people including the driver, were injured.

He's due to appear at Bath Magistrates Court in April.

CPS authorises charges against Bath bus crash driver

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that they have authorised charges against the driver of a bus which crashed in Bath last August.

Here are the following charges Norman Marcus is facing.

  • Dangerous Driving
  • Using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury
  • Using a vehicle with defective brakes
  • Contravening a 7.5 tonne weight limit
  • Driving otherwise than in accordance with driving licence
  • Exceeding 4.5 hours driving with insufficient break
  • Insufficient daily rest
  • Exceeing 10 hours driving between daily rest periods
  • Failure to commence a weekly rest

Bath bus crash band now all out of hospital

Members of Baroness Credit:

All members of the US rock band injured when their tour bus plunged from a road near a viaduct outside Bath have now left hospital.

The group, Baroness, were travelling from Bristol to Southampton two weeks ago when their bus fell 30 feet near Brassknocker Hill in heavy rain. All nine people on board at the time were injured. The four band members have now returned to the US and a police investigation is underway.

Injured rockers thank fans

Baroness band members recovering at the RUH in Bath. Credit:

Members of the band injured in a coach crash outside Bath last week have thanked fans for their support.

American rockers Baroness posted a picture on their website, of themselves recovering in hospital.

A statement on the website reads:

" Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power.

Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker.

Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you."

The band were treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

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