Driver In BARONESS Tour Bus Crash Faces Charges

Savannah, Georgia-based quartet BARONESS was involved in a road accident on August 15, 2012 in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries.

According to BBC News, the driver of the bus — a German national by the name of Norman Markus — will be charged with dangerous driving. The 39-year-old also faces charges of using a vehicle with defective brakes and breaching a 7.5-ton weight limit, iinsufficient daily and weekly rest periods and using a vehicle in a condition likely to cause danger of injury. He has also been charged with not having the correct license entitlement to drive the coach involved in the crash.

Markus is due to appear before Bath Magistrates' Court on April 5.

BARONESS member John Baizley (guitar, vocals) broke his left arm and left leg in the accident. Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass) each suffered fractured vertebrae.

Photo credit: Avon & Somerset Police

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