KROKUS Survives Tour Bus Crash Thanks To 'Guardian Angel'

January 23, 2007

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported earlier today, the tour bus carrying Switzerland's KROKUS and Sweden's THE POODLES was involved in a crash yesterday (Monday, January 22) in Denmark (photo). The bands were traveling from Oslo to Hamburg when the accident occured just south of Copenhagen.

KROKUS and THE POODLES are currently on the road as the support acts for HAMMERFALL on their "At The Threshold of...Europe 2007" tour.

Peter Waelti of The KROKUS Globe Club For Clan & Fan has issued the following update on the incident:

"'Angel of My Dreams' is their current single off the 'Hellraiser' album. KROKUS met their "guardian angel' in the form of their female bus driver through Sweden during the band's current extensive European tour. A new bus driver took over in Oslo/Norway and the 'guardian angel' pointed out that the weight distribution in the bus and trailer was unbalanced and made sure that equipment was shifted accordingly before taking off from Oslo via Denmark on their way to Hamburg, Germany.

"The band had looked forward to a day of rest on the 22nd of January on their day off. And then it happened without warning. Outside Rodby, south of Copenhagen/Denmark, a car slid into a truck. Trying to avoid a collision with the tour bus and the small car, the tour bus driver hit the back of a steel truck with the front window shattering and slid into the railing of the highway on the icy highway instead. If there would not have been the railing, the bus would have overturned.

"It was a miracle that no one was seriously hurt. Just some cuts and bruises. The musicians exited the tour bus through a side window. Tony and Stefan helped the tour bus driver to exit the bus through the driver's door. His leg was jammed between the steering wheel and the body of the bus.

"The tour bus company immediately sent a new bus to drive the band safely to Hamburg, so they could get some rest and calm their rattled nerves. Tour manager Carlo and crew stayed with the damaged bus to make sure that equipment was transferred properly and ready for the show today in Hamburg/Germany.

"The show must go on, as they say in show business. And we are sure that KROKUS will give an awesome show in Hamburg and the concert stops that follow. After all, they can thank their lucky stars and their 'Swedish angel tour bus driver.' This could have ended up really ugly."

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