A BRIT pop band and their manager were killed when their car plunged more than 80ft off a bridge into a canal in Sweden, The Sun reports. The men, aged between 19 and 32, died when their car veered off a bridge, smashed into a road barrier and plunged into the water yesterday.Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin along with their manager Craig Tarry are believed to have lost their lives.
Viola Beach were due to play in Guildford, Surrey last night but the gig was cancelled due to “unforseen circumstances”. Tributes for the band Viola Beach from heartbroken fans have been flooding in on social media.
Craig Tarry’s former girlfriend Gemma Hepworth posted a moving tribute on Instagram appealing for Man City fans to clap in the fifth minute of today’s clash against Tottenham in memory of her season ticket holding life-long Citizen ex.
She said: : “Yesterday we tragically lost a very dear friend @craigtarry in a road traffic accident over in Sweden. “Tragic circumstances doesn’t even cover it. “He was on tour with the band he managed, @violabeach four lads, who also sadly died. “Craig and I spent most of our university days together, we were in a relationship for over two years,” she continued.
“He introduced me to some superb music, a great football team and a wonderful family.” Gemma added: “He spoke about all of the above with a sparkle in his eye. “He never gave up on his dream, he sure knew his stuff on musicians and bands, and he managed to create his dream job from that very talent.
“I feel sick to the stomach typing this out, many beautiful memories,” Ms Hepworth added. “Thinking of you and your family, and the band’s families, at this heartbreaking time. “Fans and friends of the band and Craig have joined together on Twitter, Craig was a lifelong @mcfcofficial fan, so please join us clapping for Craig in the fifth minute of the #manchestercityfc match today.
“I’m going to be at the match and I’ll be clapping for you, my lovely. “Thanks for the music, Craig.” The band have previously toured with The Courteeners and worked with Mumford and Sons producer Ian Grimble. Reports in Sweden suggest the horror crash happened as the bridge over the Södertälje canal in Stockholm was closing after it had been opened to let a vessel sail through.
Its warning lamps were flashing and two barriers were blocking the road. Witness Jonny Alexandersson told Aftonbladet: “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 (45-50mph).
“That’s very fast when the rest of us are standing still. He caught the rear-view mirror on a taxi.”Inspector Martin Bergholm said: “For some reason, the car drove through the barriers and crashed down into the canal.” Other motorists were waiting behind the barrier but it is not yet known whether a boat had already passed or was waiting to pass.
Mr Bergholm added: “The witnesses just saw a car beside them and kind of disappear.” He said it was not yet known whether the men were wearing seatbelts but added: “That would not have helped them.” Police received a call at about 2.30am and were first to arrive on the scene, a “maximum five minutes” later.
Mr Bergholm said: “Police arrived first, then the fire brigade who came with fire brigade divers at the scene and found the car and three bodies. “We didn’t know how many people there were in the car but we found out there were five. Later on, about an hour later, the police divers came and found two more bodies.”
The cause of the accident on the E4 highway in Stockholm’s Södertälje district is being investigated. A foreign office spokesman said: “We can confirm that five British Nationals died in a car accident in Sweden on 13 February.
“We are in contact with local authorities and supporting the families at this difficult time.”