NewsAugust 25, 2023 6:53 AM ET3,799 views

Killswitch Engage tour bus collides with elk en route to In Flames' Dalhalla Brinner fest in Sweden

KSE Crash

Killswitch Engage were involved in a bus accident while en route to their final European tour stop at In Flames' Dalhalla Brinner festival at Dalhalla in Rättvik, Sweden.

Thankfully, all band and crew members escaped the incident without serious injuries. However, their driver, Tom, suffered torn ligaments and was understandably shaken. Tragically, the accident resulted in the loss of a majestic elk that collided with their bus.

Lead vocalist Jesse Leach expressed the fear that overcame him as he witnessed the aftermath of the accident. He also highlighted the challenges faced by bands and crews, who sacrifice time with loved ones to pursue their passion. The impact of such accidents he says, is a constant reminder of the risks and sacrifices made in the music industry.

Leach shared:

You never know what tomorrow holds take nothing for granted.

This is the scene I woke up to yesterday morning around 6am.
Thankfully no one was seriously injured. Our driver Tom sustained some torn ligaments and was shaken up for sure but he is ok. The majestic Moose (*correction an ELK) that collided with our bus however did not fair so well sadly.

I don't carry fear with me when I travel as it would do me no good. However seeing this definitely put some fear in me, not so much for my safety but thought of losing some one I love (or someone being injured seriously). It washed over me as we pulled away in a passenger bus.
I felt the tears fall on my face as I thought about the "what could've been."

I think of all the bands that have had to deal with loss or injury because of these types of accidents.
I think of my friends out here who do this and the hardworking crews who are out here away from family and loved ones. Sleeping in a vehicle on highways of the world.

The cost can be high when living this life. The moments of beauty and triumph can be suddenly interrupted by suffering and loss.
We miss moments, first times, birthdays, anniversaries the list goes on. The ones we leave at home carry the weight as well wondering at times if the ones they love are safe. It's a constant balance of trust, hope and keeping anxieties at bay.

What a way to live, some will never know what that's like.

We carry on somehow, someway and we count our losses with our gains and we make it all make sense so we can do what we do out here on the road.

Grateful for my friends and chosen family out here. Grateful we are all ok and able to continue on.

Next time you meet a band member or crew member of a band remember this, we live a different life and it isn't always easy.
Rock n Roll can take its toll and often times it comes to collect when you least expect it.

My deepest sympathies to anyone who's lost a loved one or had to suffer because the road came to collect.

I prayed and sat with my fear yesterday. Just so grateful it wasn't worse than it could've been.
Don't take life for granted you never know what tomorrow holds for you.

Last show tonight in Dalhalla!

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anonymous 191 days ago

This dude lol Always "muh feelings" about every goddamn thing. Of course that was gonna be another long ass post hahaha

anonymous 191 days ago

GOO

anonymous 191 days ago

"Next time you meet a band member or crew member of a band remember this, we live a different life and it isn't always easy." looool I'll be sure to do that. 'Hey "band member" I'm sorry you have to live this difficult life of travelling the world and playing music while getting paid. I know it must be exausting. One week you're all over Europe and then the other in Japan or Australia. All these different countries, cultures, food you get to experience... my god it's so sad. It does take a toll. I feel for you all. Please stay strong.' This guy hahaha

anonymous 191 days ago

This never would have happened if they would have had the KILLSWITCH ENGAGEd.

anonymous 191 days ago

This guy bitching about doing something he loves while I just finished a 16 hr. shift in a liberal hellscape (translation: democrat run cities) for pennys. Elk is delicious though. Fry that shit is soooo good.

anonymous 191 days ago

DISABLE THE COMMENTS THINK OF THE ELK FAMILIES

anonymous 191 days ago

Killelk Engage Quite the life changing experience a broken windshield can be. I remember when a rock cracked my windshield once, I never looked at life the same way again - I was a crazy kid, doing 67 in a 65 on the highway. I lived a different life from there on out.

anonymous 191 days ago

Bus collides with elk is the new band name

anonymous 191 days ago

The Elk Of Heartache

anonymous 191 days ago

Elk of the Storm

PoultryInMotion 191 days ago

shoulda been Lars. Also this is the coolest thing KSE has done in years

anonymous 191 days ago

Elkflip

anonymous 191 days ago

The Elk of Sorrow

anonymous 191 days ago

Fixation on the Elk

anonymous 191 days ago

Dude could've just said "Got in an accident! We're good, the elk is not." or something funny and short. Instead of making this f*cking spiritual revelation diary entry lmao

anonymous 191 days ago

A Bid Farewell (to the Elk)

anonymous 191 days ago

elk: the end of heartache

anonymous 191 days ago

Wasted Sacrifice

anonymous 191 days ago

It should have been Lars.

anonymous 191 days ago

"He also highlighted the challenges faced by bands and crews, who sacrifice time with loved ones to pursue their passion. The impact of such accidents he says, is a constant reminder of the risks and sacrifices made in the music industry." Dude. You commute to work. Big f*ckin' deal.

anonymous 191 days ago

Did anyone notice/mention on the little creature on the dash? Wonder what it has to say about the accident

anonymous 191 days ago

Biggest f*cking eye roll for this guy. Dramatic much?

anonymous 191 days ago

Now this is the van flip we were all asking for!

anonymous 191 days ago

Now that is real Fromage.

anonymous 190 days ago

Love this band but this dude is so far up his own ass always. Not everything has to be some big profound epiphany you dweeb.

anonymous 190 days ago

Most posters will never leave their hometown let alone the country.

anonymous 190 days ago

Did the elk stand with Ukraine?

anonymous 190 days ago

Oh, what a hard life. Friday - Show in Boston Saturday - Show in New York You stay in Boston overnight Friday, go to bed at 2am Saturday, wake up 9am, wash, shower, shave, have breakfast at the hotel, head for New York 10am, arrive 2:30pm, have a late lunch at 3, check into your hotel at 4, settle in, go to the club for soundcheck at 6, play 10-11. YOU DON'T DRIVE, LOAD IN, SET UP, BREAK DOWN & LOAD OUT EQUIPMENT OR MERCH. So hard. Life is so tough playing a 25-75 minute set in a 1440 minute day.

anonymous 190 days ago

the way this idiot expresses himself is insufferable. can use half as many words. bring back the rose of sharyn frontman.

anonymous 190 days ago

Glad the cat is okay

anonymous 190 days ago

Unless you personally drive the van you have jack shit to say about how hard touring is. If bands were smart they would just put out music & sell merch. Touring/playing live is bullshit. You are playing a weaker version of the album and if your live show is better than your album why put out an album? I don't get fans wanting to see the band either. Buy the record for $30, a t-shirt for $30 & donate $30 to the band. Grow up. Spare the band from having to bounce from city to city.

anonymous 190 days ago

Everyone I know drives to work

anonymous 190 days ago

Moose bites hurt mynd you.

anonymous 190 days ago

is there a gofundme for the elk

anonymous 190 days ago

elk to elkless

anonymous 190 days ago

Year of the elk Bet the elk was texting while driving

anonymous 190 days ago

Elk Would Do Anything

anonymous 190 days ago

the loss of a majestic elk

anonymous 190 days ago

I hope they harvested the meat

rick____tocchet 190 days ago

You have food for a month. Enjoy.

easyhateoven 190 days ago

THIS IS WHAT IT'S LIKE WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE!

anonymous 190 days ago

This guy bitching about doing something he loves while I just finished a 16 hr. shift in a liberal hellscape (translation: democrat run cities) for pennys ^hahaha, the perfect encapsulation of your average right-wing cuck: works long hours at sh!t job for low pay, blames liberals as opposed to taking any sort of accountability for being a massive loser. Maybe make it past the 12th grade and you won't have to work for "pennys," dumbass.

anonymous 190 days ago

I don't get fans wanting to see the band either. Buy the record for $30, a t-shirt for $30 & donate $30 to the band. Grow up. Spare the band from having to bounce from city to city. ^the Turnstile accountant is back. You don't get why fans would want to see a band live? Or why bands would want to play their music live? That is among the dumbest things you've said, which is saying something. Try leaving your basement every now and then and go see a show and then maybe you'll get it. Doubt it, but maybe.

anonymous 190 days ago

^ probably named LeRonce or something like that

anonymous 190 days ago

RT now reporting that Prigozhin's plane also hit an elk. What are the odds?

anonymous 190 days ago

I, for one, would like to thank this man for his brave and valuable service to the nation. God speed and safe travels

anonymous 190 days ago

Fixation on the Elkness

anonymous 190 days ago

The christian rightwing needs to feel persecuted to have any identity. This is music for cucks that put siding on houses.

anonymous 190 days ago

anonymous 2 hours ago Did the elk stand with Ukraine? after the collision, No Elk stood in the roadways with anything or anyone.

anonymous 190 days ago

ELKFLIP

anonymous 190 days ago

don't get fans wanting to see the band either. Buy the record for $30, a t-shirt for $30 & donate $30 to the band. Grow up. Spare the band from having to bounce from city to city. ^the Turnstile accountant is back. You don't get why fans would want to see a band live? Or why bands would want to play their music live? That is among the dumbest things you've said, which is saying something. Try leaving your basement every now and then and go see a show and then maybe you'll get it. Doubt it, but maybe. Try not posting dumb shit then calling yourself "the Turnstile Accountant". No one mentioned Turnstile in this thread but YOU so you hilariously gave yourself away again. What is your fixation with that band? Leave YOUR basement, clown.

anonymous 190 days ago

anonymous 3 hours ago Love this band but this dude is so far up his own ass always. Not everything has to be some big profound epiphany you dweeb. ^omfg 100% this. anytime Leach opens his mouth this is what you get.

anonymous 190 days ago

I work 12 hour shifts with a shitty commute and you want me to thank a touring musician? While I might make more the other is certainly the better job. Also mf and lg talking about elk like it's endangered GTFO

anonymous 190 days ago

Shut up trick you sing for a core band, with your f*ckin Doctors Without Borders delusional ass

anonymous 190 days ago

Killelk engage

anonymous 190 days ago

What is this guy talking about? Nothing like trying to get sympathy and attention for a job you choose to do. ALWAYS going over the top. Some things should just be left unsaid...

anonymous 190 days ago

Kill Elk Engage

anonymous 190 days ago

Try not posting dumb shit then calling yourself "the Turnstile Accountant". No one mentioned Turnstile in this thread but YOU so you hilariously gave yourself away again. What is your fixation with that band? Leave YOUR basement, clown. ^hahahaha, knew it was you. You're the easiest dork to wind up in these parts. You just can't help yourself. Now, tell us again how Vogel earns $175K a year.

anonymous 190 days ago

okay that's easy. by being in a successful touring band 6 months out of the year pretty much nonstop and chose weekends / fest. solid merch line, streams and meet and greet packages. he also supplements his income by being a full time employee at ben franklin middle school on the custodial staff.

anonymous 190 days ago

Try not posting dumb shit then calling yourself "the Turnstile Accountant". No one mentioned Turnstile in this thread but YOU so you hilariously gave yourself away again. What is your fixation with that band? Leave YOUR basement, clown. ^hahahaha, knew it was you. You're the easiest dork to wind up in these parts. You just can't help yourself. Now, tell us again how Vogel earns $175K a year. ^^^ You're this idiot for the simple fact that you brought up Turnstile & Vogel in comments which have absolutely NOTHING to do with either. You give up yourself every time & everyone knows it.

anonymous 190 days ago

...and you're also the weirdo stalker who constantly babbles on about Vogel being a Buffalo public school janitor.

anonymous 190 days ago

not the same person. i post the janitor stuff. and it was my only post on this thread. i would know.

anonymous 190 days ago

I bet the elk was vaccinated.

anonymous 190 days ago

ELK > DMT

anonymous 190 days ago

f*ck yea.

anonymous 190 days ago

"^hahaha, the perfect encapsulation of your average right-wing cuck: works long hours at sh!t job for low pay, blames liberals as opposed to taking any sort of accountability for being a massive loser. Maybe make it past the 12th grade and you won't have to work for "pennys," dumbass." This retard says the same shit all the time. f*cking lame and boring. "Hurr durr beer cans 12th grade." Someone is self conscious about how much of a loser they are.

anonymous 190 days ago

Ok, pussy.

anonymous 190 days ago

Sorry you hate your middle school education. Now shine my wheels, cuck.

anonymous 190 days ago

is the bag of jewels ok?

anonymous 189 days ago

not the same person. i post the janitor stuff. and it was my only post on this thread. i would know. Nah it's all you. One guy talks about Turnstile & Vogel & you ramble on about him being a janitor yeah sure ok LOL get a life.

anonymous 189 days ago

This retard says the same shit all the time. f*cking lame and boring. "Hurr durr beer cans 12th grade." Someone is self conscious about how much of a loser they are.⁹ ^yeah, but right wing cucks like yourself actually do whine about beer cans and have high school educations, so cry somewhere else, sissy. Facts are facts, little guy.




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