“We are bruised and in shock” – Frankie and the Heartstrings are on their way home after M42 motorway crash

Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
Frankie and the Heartstrings at Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
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Sunderland band Frankie and the Heartstrings are recovering at home after they were caught up in a terrifying motorway pile-up on the way to a concert in Birmingham.

The five-piece, which consists of Frankie Francis, Simon Hubbard, Dave Harper, Michael McKnight and Ross Millard, had been booked to play at the Sunflower Lounge tonight, when the collision happened just after 4pm.

The lads were travelling in a van, which crashed in to the back of three cars that had collided on the on the M42 northbound, near Junction 8.

They were left battered and bruised, and when the Echo spoke to drummer David Harper at 8.30pm they were still marooned at Tamworth Services, awaiting a lift home.

“It was all very dramatic, a bit of a blur really,” David said. “It was a four-vehicle pile-up smash. Ross, our guitarist, has a gash on his head and I’ve got a very sensitive injury that I can’t really talk about. I’ll probably have to see a specialist to make sure everything is ok.

“Our new bass player Simon has a pretty bad ankle injury. We spent a few hours in A&E.”

David said the band’s breakdown service did not turn up and they had to pay a company £200 just to be towed from the hard shoulder.

“We are all pretty depressed, we are just waiting to be towed home to Sunderland,” he added. “We are bruised and in shock.”

The band had also been due to play the Hackney Wonderland festival in London tomorrow and were due to record a new single in the capital shortly, but they are hoping they can still travel down over the next few days.

Frankie and the Heartstrings released their third album – Decency – in July.