Police are continuing to investigate a coach crash near Bath yesterday, involving an American heavy metal band who had played in Bristol the night before.
The coach taking the band Baroness plunged 30 feet down an embankment on Brass Knocker Hill in Bath at around 11.30am.
Nine people were taken to hospital following the incident near Limpley Stoke, which closed the A36 until about 6pm.
Six people were able to escape the wreckage without help – but a further three were left trapped inside. Two are believed to have sustained serious injuries.
The coach was reported to have gone through traffic lights at the bottom of the hill, where it joins the A36, before slipping off the road.
A spokeswoman for Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) said the alarm had been raised by a paramedic who had been driving past between jobs.
The band, consisting of John Baizley, Peter Adams, Matt Maggioni and Allen Blickle, had played a gig at The Fleece in Bristol and were en route to Southampton when the accident occurred.
Two members of the band, who grew up together in Virginia, are now recovering in hospital.
The band were on their way to ‘Talking Heads’ in Southampton for the final performance of their UK tour – before heading off to Belgium and other gigs in Germany.
Their gig last night in Southampton was cancelled after the crash.
A Baroness spokesman said: “It is with great regret that we have to inform you that Baroness were involved in a very serious road accident earlier.
“Our thoughts are with the band at this time and we wish them and their crew a speedy recovery.”