(CNN) — A former cellist with the rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed Monday in a car crash involving a large bale of hay in southwestern England, local police said. Michael Edwards, 62, was killed after a 600-kilogram hay bale (about 1,323 pounds) rolled out of a field and into the path of his van.
Another vehicle also was involved in the crash, but no other injuries were reported, according to Devon and Cornwall police. The crash closed the road near Halwell in the country’s southwestern region. ELO was formed in Birmingham, England, and enjoyed success in the 1970s with its blend of modern rock, pop and classical music. LINK
I had planned another video for today but this story caught my eye. Like lots of kids back in the 70’s I thought these guys were magical. ELO was a different band altogether. Their sound was futuristic and they were more of an orchestra than just a four-man band like most other groups. Sure they are a bit dated now but back in the day they were really cool. Just think about Boston’s sound and their Third Stage album and you kind of get it. Watch the video closely and you’ll see Edwards on the left drop his cello around the one minute mark. Crazy cello players! Accidents like this where only one person dies and everyone else walks away always freak me out. Fate sure is strange.