Three killed as heavy metal bands' tour van crashes

12 people were in the vehicle carrying the groups Wormreich and Khaotika to a show in Atlanta, Georgia

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Three musicians have been killed as a van carrying the heavy metal bands Wormreich and Khaotika crashed in Jackson County, Georgia, USA.

The accident happened yesterday (April 6), and the victims have been identified by Georgia State Patrol as Nicholas R Crisostomo, 25, Ian McKinney, 30 and Paul Truesdell, 29. Crisotomo drummed in Khaotika and McKinney and Truesell were members of Wormreich. The three men were ejected from the van and died at the scene as the vehicle rolled into an embankment and the crashed into a tree, reports local news outlet 11Alive

Of the 12 people in the van, eight were taken to local hospitals and two remain in a critical condition. The bands were due to play in Atlanta at The Basement on Monday night. The venue posted a message on Facebook which read: "Tonight's show at The Basement is cancelled. The van carrying Wormreich & Khaotika was involved in a serious accident on the way to Atlanta. Our thoughts are with those involved & their families."

Georgia State Patrol's Corporal Scott Smith said police were still investigating the cause of the accident, with charges pending. He added that an investigation into the reason for the crash could take months.

Khaotika have paid tribute to their late drummer on their Facebook page.

R.I.C. our amazing drummer and brother - Dyret. One if the lethal victims of 4/6/2015 in a tragic tour van accident (Reich ov Khaos - Kult ov Azazel, Wormreich and Khaotika). We love you

Posted by Khaotika on Tuesday, 7 April 2015

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