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    Default British band Viola Beach killed in car accident in Sweden



    A badly damaged car is towed up from the canal under the E4 highway bridge in Sodertalje, Sweden on February 13, 2016.
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    The four members of the up-and-coming British indie rock band Viola Beach and their manager were killed when their car plunged more than 80 feet into a canal near Stockholm, Sweden. The crash took place early Saturday morning, when the band was reportedly going to the airport to travel back to England for a show later on Saturday. Viola Beach was in Sweden as part of the Where is the Music? festival.


    Police said divers recovered the bodies of the five men, aged between 20 and 35. Swedish authorities claim the car crashed through a barrier that was meant to stop vehicles from going through the drawbridge that was opening at the time. "For some reason, this car went through the barriers and actually went under the bridge and into the Sodertalje canal," a police spokesman said.




    Viola Beach—made up by guitarist and vocalist Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe, and drummer Jack Dakin—had dozens of shows planned for the upcoming weeks and had been selected to play at the South by Southwest festival in Austin. The band’s debut single, Swings & Waterslides, was released last year.


    “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,” Reeves’ family said in a statement.

    All members of UK indie band Viola Beach killed in car crash.
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    Whoa. How sad.
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    They drove through/around two barriers with flashing lights. Were they mental? No brakes? Someone had a heart attack?
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    It's tragic. Maybe they were rushing for the airport? Such a waste of life.
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    They must have been going VERY fast to sustain that much damage, although it looks like a convertible which are inherently weaker. I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest any drink/drugs tests at the autopsies might shed some light?
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    Awful way to go but I'd be astounded if drink and/or drugs didn't play a considerable factor.
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    Got to the end of the article and realized I hadn't taken a single breath while reading.

    How utterly tragic and awful.
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    Is Sweden tough on DUIs? Those that result in injury or death in particular?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A*O View Post
    They must have been going VERY fast to sustain that much damage, although it looks like a convertible which are inherently weaker. I'm going to stick my neck out and suggest any drink/drugs tests at the autopsies might shed some light?
    They were travelling in a Nissan Qashqai, don't know if they're available in the States but it is an SUV.

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    Apparently the ship that was waiting to pass under the bridge did not see the car falling into the water so continued on when the bridge rose hence the vehicle basically being crushed. It's horrible news, I just hope they didn't suffer too much, I know that's such a cliche thing to say but I do mean it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Is Sweden tough on DUIs? Those that result in injury or death in particular?
    I don't think there's anyone left to charge though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    I don't think there's anyone left to charge though.
    I am sorry.
    I got it mixed up with the US band that got hit by the drunk driver...
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    Allegedly their manager was driving them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    I am sorry.
    I got it mixed up with the US band that got hit by the drunk driver...
    wait, there was another band killed in a horrible accident?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WelshSquelch View Post
    They were travelling in a Nissan Qashqai, don't know if they're available in the States but it is an SUV.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...BCsseldorf.jpg

    Apparently the ship that was waiting to pass under the bridge did not see the car falling into the water so continued on when the bridge rose hence the vehicle basically being crushed. It's horrible news, I just hope they didn't suffer too much, I know that's such a cliche thing to say but I do mean it.
    Holy shit, that car got smoked.
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    *waits for band number three*
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