British Indie Band Killed In Car Bridge Plunge In Sweden
The band’s car crashed through a motorway bridge barrier and plunged over 80ft into a canal near the Swedish capital Stockholm
All four members of British indie band Viola Beach and their manager have been killed after their car plunged off a bridge in Sweden.
Their Nissan Qashqai crashed through a motorway bridge barrier at Sodertalje and fell more than 80ft into a canal.
Police divers recovered the bodies of singer Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe, drummer Jack Dakin and the band’s manager Craig Tarry, from the water, around 40km (25 miles) from Stockholm.
The Warrington group had played a gig at the Where Is The Music? festival in Norrkoping, Sweden, on Friday night.
They were due back in the UK to play in Guildford, Surrey, on Saturday night.
British band The Enemy wrote: “RIP Viola Beach and their manager. Such incredibly tragic and sad news. Thought with the friends and families of all involved x.”
The Coral’s James Skelly posted: “So sorry to hear about viola beach and Craig Tarry’s accident so sad, their families must be devastated.”
Gemma Hepworth, a friend of Mr Tarry, said he was a life-long Manchester City fan who “never gave up on his dream” of working in the music industry.
She said friends would be paying tribute to him by clapping in the fifth minute at City’s game against Tottenham today.
Mr Tarry’s family said they were “devastated” and “grieving the loss of their son and also for the other families involved in this tragic accident”.
Mr Reeve’s family said in a statement: “We are all heartbroken following River’s tragic death and the circumstances which have seen him lose his life alongside the band-mates and manager he adored and loved being with.
“Viola Beach were on such an exciting journey and River could not have been happier. He would have loved to have stuck around for the party.”
Swedish musician Fet Poet, whose band Psykofant played at the same gig on Friday, said he was devastated when he heard they had died.
He told Sky News: “We were sitting in the dressing room, and the door opened and these four very British lads fell in. It was like a scene from A Hard Day’s Night with The Beatles.
His band-mate John Olsson said Mr Tarry, 32, had not been drinking at the event because he was driving.
The band’s car crashed through a barrier after the bridge – at the Saltskogs junction, between the E4 and the E20 motorways – opened to let a boat pass.
The bridge has a middle section that rises upwards, leaving a gap that the car drove into.
Officers said a barrier, 50 metres before the gap, has flashing lights and signs warning there is a bridge opening.
Swedish police spokesman Martin Bergholm said: “For some reason, the car drove through the barriers and crashed down into the canal.”
Courtesy of Sky News