Brit Band Dead After Car Plunges Off Bridge

All members of Viola Beach die in scary accident in Stockholm
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2016 6:00 AM CST
A badly damaged car is towed from the canal in Sodertalje, Sweden, Saturday, Feb.13, 2016. Swedish police say five people were killed when their car plunged 82 feet from a highway bridge into a canal.   (Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency via AP)
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(Newser) – A vehicle carrying a British band plunged more than 80 feet off a Stockholm bridge Saturday, crashing into a canal and killing all five aboard, reports the BBC. Road conditions were slippery and it was dark when the vehicle carrying four members of the band Viola Beach slipped through the open section of a bridge that had opened to let a boat through, reports the AP; five British nationals, aged 20 to 35, were inside. Their bodies were recovered by divers. "For some reason, the car drove through the barriers and crashed down into the canal," says a police rep. "The witnesses just saw a car beside them and kind of disappear."

Dead are Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, and Jack Dakin; a fifth man is unidentified. The band had played a Swedish music festival the day before; their debut album, Swings and Waterslides, was released last year. "It was very tight," says a witness who was waiting at the bridge. "They passed me and in front of me was a taxi and the car smashed the side of this car and then they go in the barrier, then I don't see anything more of the car, the lights were gone." (Read more Viola Beach stories.)

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