Swedish police investigating the cause behind the tragic deaths of British indie band Viola Beach, are now suggesting that their driver “deliberately” crashed the car.
The Warrington-based band, who had just completed their first gig in Europe, were travelling home with their manager from Sodertalje, near Stockholm when their car plunged 25 m off a bridge into a canal.
An inquest into the accident found that the driver was not intoxicated at the time of the crash, and CCTV footage appears to show the car driving behind a lane of traffic waiting for the bridge barriers to open, before swerving erratically onto the hard shoulder, crashing through the barriers and then accelerating towards the bridge before plummeting into the canal.
A witness told The Daily Mail:
“We did not see any break lights, we talked about it afterwards. When he goes through one barrier, there is no doubt that this is something you should not pass. It’s obvious. But we saw no indication that he was breaking. We would have seen the break lights, it was so dark.”
Lead investigator Lars Berglund told a Swedish newspaper that he believes the band would have died before they plunged into the canal, as a result of the driver’s reckless driving:
“As far as I can see, most of them had already been killed up there on the bridge… it looks the driver was acting intentionally.”
The investigation continues.
What a horrible waste of life. Our thoughts go out to their families at this sad time.