Baroness involved in coach crash

The coach carrying American punk-metal band Baroness was involved in a serious accident en route to a gig in Southampton. In torrential rain, the band's coach left the road and plunged 30 feet down an embankment near Bath, as it travelled from a show in Bristol.

Firefighters had to cut some of the occupants, including the driver, out of the wreckage. All nine people on the bus were taken to hospital with injuries ranging from bruises to broken bones, but that were described as not life-threatening.

Police attributed the accident to the heavy rain and poor visibility. The coach had descended a steep hill and crossed a roundabout before crashing through a barrier and descending the embankment.

The Georgia four-piece, comprising John Baizley, Allen Blickle, Peter Adams and Matt Maggioni, are on a European tour to promote their third album, Yellow And Green, which has been well-received and was tipped to be their commercial breakthrough. Baroness started out touring small clubs in the south. Numerous tours and support slots with the likes of Mastodon and Metallica in the last three years have raised the band’s profile. They appeared at the Coachella and Bonnaroo Festivals in 2010.

A statement on the band’s website read: "Baroness were in a serious bus accident last night near Bath, England. The band members and crew are recovering at local hospitals. All tour dates are postponed until further notice." Their schedule included further dates in Belgium and Germany.

The band’s recent YouTube teaser track for the Yellow And Green album was titled 'Take My Bones Away'.

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