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Opeth Members Per Wiberg And Martin Mendez Involved In Bus Accident

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Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following statement about keyboardist Per Wiberg and bassist Martin Mendez being involved in a bus accident:

"Myself, Axe, Fredrik and our soundman, Pontus Norgren decided to fly home to our families for a few days as the option would have been 3 days off in Brussels. Now I hear that our bus apparently crashed into this other car making a unexpected U-turn in the middle of the highway. Mendez and Per were on the bus together with the rest of our crew but nobody got hurt. They are however shocked and very shaken of course. The driver in the other car was critically injured. I've not heard back from anyone yet regarding his progress but apparently it's not looking very good. Hoping for the best however.

"I don't know where or when this happened but I know the bus was heading from Dublin to Brussels. I'll let you know more as soon as I get some information, but as for now everyone in the band are safe and same with our crew. As far as I know the only injured person was the driver of the other car, which obviously is horrible enough!

"To be honest, I rarely think about things, accidents like this, but fuck man, it happens! My mind's all over the place and right now I don't want to go back out. But...the show in Brussels on the 17th and the remaining part of the tour will go ahead as planned."

UPDATE: Mikael Akerfeldt has since issued a new statement about the accident.

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1. Clintbet writes:

Glad they're alright.

# Oct 15, 2009 @ 5:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Marduk writes:

Ya me too, only recently got my ticket for the Sydney show on Nov 23! Hope the other guy pulls through..

# Oct 15, 2009 @ 10:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. btbamfav20 writes:

f***in retard drivers. a u-turn on a highway?

"what's that large object coming this way helen? oh it doesn't matter, i'll turn anyways!!!"

natural selection is all i have to say haha
im glad to hear that the members are ok.

NP: Chorus Of The Dissimilar - Shai Hulud

# Oct 15, 2009 @ 11:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Jamez writes:

U-Turn on a highway = suicide attempt.
Why cant people just kill themselves at home?

# Oct 16, 2009 @ 8:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. tallica_fan writes:

thank f*** they're ok i jus got melbourne ticket..and thats not the main reason i care they're actually a really good bunch of dudes and it woulda bin huge talented wasted if someone had been killed. hopefully the driver is ok regardless of the stupidity of his mistake.

# Oct 16, 2009 @ 9:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KanadianKoRn writes:

sh**!, im glad theyre ok!

# Oct 16, 2009 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. xFiruath writes:

Jamez you were actually right there - check out the new article about this. One has to wonder why do it like that? He could have easily killed other people. Why not just slit your wrists in the bathtub or something?

# Oct 16, 2009 @ 1:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Necrovomit writes:

oh thank odin. i saw bus accident and i thought cliff burton. at least they're ok. that would of been a shame

# Oct 17, 2009 @ 1:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. b.bristowe writes:

I don't know, If I wanted to kill myself I would make a huge deal about it. It would also be mildly humurous.

# Oct 17, 2009 @ 2:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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