Rock champions Baroness have been involved in a serious accident while between shows on their UK tour, according to reports. There is still no word as to the specific injuries or condition of the band members, who collectively just released the tremendous new album Yellow & Green.
The crash, which is said to have occurred at 11.30 am today at the junction of Brassknocker Hill and the A36 in Bath, caused the band's tour bus to fall 30ft over a viaduct.
A report from ITV indicates that seven people have been taken to the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Two others, believed to be suffering from more serious injuries, have been transported to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Heavy rains reportedly contributed to conditions which led to the crash.
According to the BBC, Baroness' tour promoter said: "It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Baroness were involved in a very serious road accident earlier today and will not be able to perform at Talking Heads tonight. Our thoughts are with the band at this time and we wish them and their crew a speedy recovery."
Update: Band reps have issued the following statement:
The band members of Baroness and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.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.
Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time.