The car plunged from a bridge into a canal and killed all the four members of the band alongside their manager
Four members of an up and coming British indie rock band and their manager were killed in a tragic car crash on Saturday while on tour in Sweden.
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The incident took place in Saturday morning near Stockholm when their car crashed through a barrier that was closed to stop vehicles as a drawbridge was opening up ahead. The car plunged into a canal, killing all four members of the band; Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin and their manager Craig Tarry. All of them were aged between 20 and 35.
The Warrington-based band had played at a musical festival in Sweden on Friday and scheduled to perform at a US music festival next month. The Swedish tour was the band’s first tour outside the Britain. The band released their first single “Swings and Waterslides in 2015 and they were considered emerging talent and rising stars of the future.
The families of the band members and manager issued statements after the tragic loss of their loved ones.
“The family are devastated by these events and are grieving the loss of their son and also for the other families involved in this tragic accident.” Tarry’s family statement reads.
The band’s record label Communion said. “Everyone here at Communion is in a state of total shock and sorrow and our thoughts go out to the families and friends of Craig and the band. Viola beach had only recently come into the Communion family and had everything going for them – great songs, passion, talent, drive – everything that a band should have.”
Many celebrities and media personalities also offered condolences on the death of young band members.
Very sad to hear the awful news about Warrington's Viola Beach and their manager. Lives and music tragically cut short in their prime.— James Walsh (@jamesstarsailor) February 14, 2016
Tragic news about Viola Beach. Young band, first tour outside the UK. My thoughts are with their families and friends.— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) February 14, 2016
Swedish police has open an investigation to find the cause of crash and they are looking at all possible causes including drunk driving. A postmortem examination of all five bodies will be carried out to determine whether the driver was intoxicated or not.
“We are looking at the car, we are looking at the circumstances, we are talking to witnesses. We don’t have any answer yet and we have to look at everything.” Carina Skagerlind, a press spokesperson for Stockholm police told the Guardian.
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The driver has not be formally identified but is thought to be the manager of the band.