Two metal bands were involved in a deadly highway crash this morning that killed three people. Details are still coming in at the moment, but WSBTV in Atlanta reports that one of the bands involved was South Carolina black metal band Wormreich.
Another band involved, based on Facebook posts, is Atlanta melodic occult metal act Khaotica. The victims names have not been released. It is believed the driver of the van carrying both bands lost control and struck a tree after running off the highway.
Florida based metal band Kult ov Azazel acknowledged the crash on their Facebook page, stating their planned show tonight at the Basement in Atlanta has been cancelled. “Unfortunately tonight’s show in Atlanta, GA will be canceled,” they wrote. “The van carrying Wormreich and Khaotika was in a horrible accident this morning. We cannot go into details due to respect to the families of the involved and we are sure details will soon be available through the other parties when the time is right. Our thoughts are with those involved and their families.”
Here are some of the details from the Georgia State Police, via a report from WSBTV:
Georgia state troopers say three people killed in a passenger van crash in Jackson County were members of a rock band.
The crash happened around 7 a.m. on Interstate 85 south near Highway 98 (exit 147).
According to Georgia State Patrol, the driver of the passenger van may have fallen asleep, drove down an embankment and struck a tree. Three people were ejected and later died. Three others were in critical condition. A total of eight people were taken to Athens Regional Hospital and Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
“The driver lost control, either by going to sleep or some other means, we’re still investigating that. He left the roadway, travelled about 300 feet off the roadway and struck a tree with the passenger side of the van,” said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Scott Smith.
The passenger side was sheared off the van, trooper say. They are not sure if the passengers were wearing seat belts. The driver was not injured. Trooper say the 12 people were members of two rock bands. The victims’ names have not yet been released.
The victims lived all over the Southeast. Investigators say the bands were coming from South Carolina for a show in metro Atlanta. Charges are pending in the case.