Three Members of Baroness Remain Hospitalized in U.K.

Bassist and drummer fractured vertebrae in bus crash

Peter Adams of Baroness
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August 17, 2012 9:30 AM ET

Three members of Baroness remain hospitalized in England with injuries they received Wednesday when the tour bus carrying them plunged 30 feet off a viaduct in heavy rain. Singer/guitarist John Baizley broke his left arm and left leg, and drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae, according to an update on the Georgia metal band's website. Guitarist Pete Adams has been released from hospital.

The bus driver remains in critical condition, and another member of the road crew is still undergoing testing. Three other members of the crew have been treated and released.

Baroness were on their way from Bristol to a gig in Southampton when the bus smashed through barricades and fell off a viaduct near Bath. Police are investigating the crash.

An update on the band's Facebook page has garnered more than 3,600 "likes" and 1,200 comments, and shock-rocker Alice Cooper tweeted support for the band. "Thankfully nobody was killed," Cooper wrote yesterday. "Recover quickly guys!"

The band has cancelled all upcoming shows on its tour schedule. Baroness released their most recent album, Yellow & Green, in July.

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