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Anna Pentelow
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 11:00

Four members of rock band Viola Beach die in car crash

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Four members of rock band Viola Beach and their manager were killed when their car dove off a bridge in Sweden. 

Terrible news out of Sweden today, a British indie band and their manager were killed in a horrific car accident over the weekend. Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin died in the crash, along with their manager, Craig Tarry.

Police say the car they were travelling in plunged off a bridge in the country’s capital of Stockholm, dropping over 25 metres into the canal below.

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Witnesses say that around 2:30AM the vehicle the band was travelling in was driving over the speed limit and failed to stop at the flashing lights. One observer told Aftonbladet that the accident was a consequence of speed.

“Suddenly there’s a car that pushes past and drives like a maniac. It drives down the left side in towards the barrier. It was driving at least 70-80kph. That’s very fast when the rest of us are standing still. He caught the rear view mirror on a taxi.”

Manchester pays tribute to band members

Manchester City pay tribute to band Viola Beach who died in Stockholm car crash. IMAGE | TWITTER

Family members have confirmed the devastating news:

“We can confirm that our son Craig, along with four members of the band Viola Beach, were involved in a fatal accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. Craig was a warm, loving person who had worked tirelessly to achieve success and follow his dreams within the music industry.”

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The family of guitarist River Reeves also released a statement:

“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, “All River wanted to do was perform and entertain and to think that he will never make us laugh again with his ridiculous impressions and cheeky banter is beyond comprehension. We are so proud of him.”

The band was set to play in Guildford, Surry however it was cancelled due to “unforeseen circumstances”.