British rock band Viola Beach reported killed in car crash in Sweden

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LONDON/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -- Britain's Foreign Office said five men, which Swedish media reported were the four members and manager of the rock band Viola Beach, were killed when their car crashed in Sweden early on Saturday morning.

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Police confirmed the men found dead in a canal in Sodertalje near Stockholm were aged between 20 and 35 and were from Britain. Their car plunged 26 meters from the motorway into the canal when a bridge was open.

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British rock band Viola Beach reported killed in car crash in Sweden
Divers and rescue service personnel search for the victims of the deadly car crash in the canal under the E4 highway bridge in Sodertalje, Sweden, February 13, 2016. Five Britons, believed to be the members of indie band Viola Beach and their manager, have died in a road crash in Sweden where they staged their first international gig, police said on February 14, 2016. (JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Divers and rescue service personnel search for the victims of the deadly car crash in the canal under the E4 highway bridge in Sodertalje, Sweden, February 13, 2016. Five Britons, believed to be the members of indie band Viola Beach and their manager, have died in a road crash in Sweden where they staged their first international gig, police said on February 14, 2016. (JOHAN NILSSON/AFP/Getty Images)
An imgage displaying photographs of the members of the band Viola Beach and their manager Craif Tarry is displayed on a screen ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on February 14, 2016. All four members of British indie band Viola Beach and their manager have died in a road crash in Sweden following their first international gig, family members said. 'We can confirm that our son Craig, along with four members of the band Viola Beach, were involved in a fatal accident in the early hours of Saturday morning,' said a statement issued by the family of manager Craig Tarry. (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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"For some reason, this car went through the barriers and actually went under the bridge and into the Sodertalje canal," a police spokesman said.

"The investigation so far shows no problem with the barrier. It was down and the lights were on. Other cars had stopped by the barrier."

The band, which came from Warrington, in northern England, was in the Friday night line-up at the 'Where's the Music' festival in Norrkoping, south of Stockholm.

"We can confirm that five British nationals died in a car accident in Sweden," a Foreign Office spokesman said. "We are in contact with local authorities and are supporting the families at this very difficult time."

Viola Beach recently recorded a session for broadcaster BBC and was due to play at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, next month, according to their Facebook page.

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