Coach's 30ft plunge near Bath forces Baroness to cancel gig in Southampton

The coach crash at Limpley Stoke. Picture by Glenn Phillips

The coach crash at Limpley Stoke. Picture by Glenn Phillips

First published in Entertainments Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A HEAVY metal band have been forced to cancel a gig tonight at a Southampton live music venue after their tour bus plunged 30 ft off a viaduct.

Members of Baroness were on route to play at Talking Heads in Portswood Road.

But the American heavy metal quartet were forced to pull the plug on their last stop on a UK tour after their coach lost control in heavy rain, overturned and plunged 30ft off a viaduct at Brassknocker Hill, Limpley Stoke, near Bath, Somerset.

Fortunately, the single decker landed on its wheels on a road below. But the emergency services said two people, including the driver, were trapped in the wreckage.

They were cut free and, having suffered the ''most serious injuries''.

The Great Western Ambulance Service said injuries included multiple fractures.

One, the driver, also suffered chest injuries and was taken to Frenchay Hospital. The eight passengers went to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.


A police spokesman said the coach left the road just before the Limpley Stoke Bridge and went down an embankment.


“Nine people were on board, including the driver, and all have been accounted for and taken to hospital," she said.


“Roads remain closed in the area to allow investigations to take place and motorists are asked to remain patient, as this may have an impact on traffic in and around the area.


“It is hoped the road could open later this afternoon.”

The accident happened on the A36, the main road between Bath and Southampton.

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5:17pm Wed 15 Aug 12

The Music Man says...

Glad that everybody appears to be safe
Glad that everybody appears to be safe The Music Man
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5:57pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Heavy scent man!
Heavy scent man! Fatty x Ford Worker
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6:27pm Wed 15 Aug 12

Rob444 says...

Echo: How could you possibly mention Limpley Stoke without its claim to fame.

Limpley Stoke is world famous for being the branch line where that wonderful British film The Titfield Thunderbolt was made.
Echo: How could you possibly mention Limpley Stoke without its claim to fame. Limpley Stoke is world famous for being the branch line where that wonderful British film The Titfield Thunderbolt was made. Rob444
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7:26pm Wed 15 Aug 12

midanburyway says...

how rock n roll ...a flying tour bus
how rock n roll ...a flying tour bus midanburyway
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9:08pm Wed 15 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

Apparently it hit a rock and rolled
Apparently it hit a rock and rolled bazzeroz
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