Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer were involved in a serious bus crash while on tour in their homeland. The band, which is on the road in Europe as the support act for Australian hard rockers Airbourne, was travelling from Oslo to Stockholm in a snowstorm at around 3:00 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, November 10) and was near its hometown of Arvika when the group’s vehicle skidded on ice, crossed over to the other side of the road and experienced a head-on collision with a snow-plough. A photo of the crash scene can be viewed beside.
Enforcer guitarists Adam Zaars and Joseph Tholl, bassist Tobias Lindqvist and the band’s driver were battered and bruised, but miraculously all survived the crash with only minor injuries. A county police officer at the scene said, “They had a guardian angel.” The band’s vehicle was destroyed in the accident, but their equipment, which was in a trailer attached to the vehicle, was luckily unscathed. Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand and drummer Jonas Wikstrand were travelling in a separate car at the time and were not involved in the crash.
Enforcer has regretfully been forced to cancel its appearances tonight in Sweden and on November 12 and November 13 in Finland and will be using the time to recuperate and recover from the nerve-wracking incident. They will resume the tour on November 16 in Berlin, Germany.
Enforcer has issued the following statement regarding the accident: “We’re all alive and well but we’re really sorry to cancel the gigs in Stockholm, Tampere and Helsinki. We’re working really hard to get back on the road again soon!”