Baroness Hospitalised After Bus Crash

16 August 2012 | 11:28 am | Dan Condon

Their tour bus plummeted down an embankment 30 feet deep.

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All four members of Savannah, Georgia hard rock band Baroness as well as their crew were sent to hospital yesterday following a serious bus crash in the UK.

The band are currently in the UK touring on the back of their critically acclaimed new record Yellow & Green and were passing through Monkton Combe – just a few miles south of the town of Bath – on their way to play a show in Southampton, when the bus reportedly failed to stop at a junction, crashed through a barrier and plummeted 30 feet (nine metres) down an embankment.

The bus remained upright but was covered in undergrowth when it came to rest; locals around the area reported hearing screaming and while they were able to assist getting some of the passengers out, there were two passengers who had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters. Nine people were injured and while two of them were said to have suffered serious injuries involving multiple fractures, no injuries sustained were life threatening. The accident caused part of the A36 road to be closed for much of the day.

Speaking with the BBC, one of the first civilians at the crash scene, 61-year-old Tony Cook, said that the bus appeared to be driving very slowly and carefully but may have been the victim of torrential rains. Inspector Nick Hunt of the Avon and Somerset Police said that a police investigation was currently underway as to the cause of the crash.

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The rest of the dates on the band's European tour have now been cancelled.