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Viola Beach canal deaths in Sweden remains a mystery, says coroner

By Pat Hurst

It may never be known why the four band members of Viola Beach were killed when their manager drove a car through two crash barriers and over a raised bridge before plunging into a canal below, an inquest has heard.

Craig Tarry (32), was at the wheel of the hired Nissan Qashqai in Sweden last February 13, driving back to their hotel after playing at a festival.

As Mr Tarry and the Warrington-based band of Kris Leonard (19), River Reeves (19), Tomas Lowe (27) and Jack Dakin (19), drove along a motorway in the early hours near Stockholm, they approached a bridge over a ship canal, Cheshire Coroner's Court in Warrington heard.

Despite flashing warning lights Mr Tarry drove down a verge past stationary traffic and crashed through two sets of barriers before hitting a raised section of the bridge and plunging 30 metres into the water below.

Mr Tarry had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said: "I don't think it ever will be known what happened."

The scene of the tragedy
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