I hope this isn’t true, because this is an awful story. But according to various news sources, it seems death metal act Early Graves’ singer, Makh Daniels, may have perished in a van accident early this morning. The accident happened in Oregon; the band have been on tour with The Funeral Pyre. The Gauntlet has pictures from the scene of the accident.
According to reports, nine people — including members of The Funeral Pyre — were in the van at the time of the accident, which was allegedly caused when the driver fell asleep at the wheel and lost control. Daniels was ejected from the vehicle, police say. Two other passengers were injured in the crash.
Oregon State Police say the van, which was pulling a trailer, crashed in the southbound lane between the Central Point and Blackwell Road exits. Police did not release the names of those injured or the person who died, but KTVL confirmed the van was transporting Early Graves and The Funeral Pyre.
The 2003 Chevrolet extended van was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 34. The van was carrying nine adult males and was headed for California from Eugene. The van’s driver is said to have fallen asleep and lost control. The van and trailer traveled off the right shoulder, rolled and came to rest off of the freeway, in a grassy area. None of the nine occupants were using seat belts at the time. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency medical services personnel.
The driver and one passenger were transported by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. More on this story as we get it.
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