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Viola Beach band die in Swedish car crash

British indie band Viola Beach die in Sweden after their car plunges in canal

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Five Britons, believed to be the members of indie band Viola Beach and their manager, have died in a road crash in Sweden where they staged their first international gig, police said Sunday.

“Five people, all British, died in a car accident Friday night,” police spokesman Towe Hagg told AFP, while the British Foreign Office confirmed the deaths of five men aged between 20 and 35.

Rock band, Viola Beach, Sodertalje, Sweden (Reuters)
Rock band, Viola Beach, Sodertalje, Sweden (Reuters)


They died when their car hit a barrier and plunged off a canal bridge at Sodertalje, a southern district of the capital Stockholm.

Their vehicle reportedly approached at speed the bridge which was not fully shut after allowing a vessel to pass underneath in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“First indications are that the barriers and signal lights were functioning correctly,” said Hagg.

News of the tragedy spread quickly on social media.