Two Die in Tragic Bonnaroo Car Fire

A tractor failed to stop for traffic and caused a shocking fire and 10-car pile up on the way to Bonnaroo where Mumford & Sons have cancelled their headline slot.

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Two people driving to Bonnaroo Festival have died in a major car accident in Manchester, Tennessee.

Five others were injured when 10 cars piled up on Interstate 23, according to Consequence of Sound. Police say that a tractor failed to stop for traffic and struck several vehicles, where two caught fire and one exploded before the flames could be put out, killing both passengers.

Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons have cancelled their headline slot at the festival after bassist Ted Dwayne was hospitalised with a blood clot on his brain this week, according to this statement from the band:

"It is with great joy that we can announce that Ted has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to a full recovery. The surgery went well, and the excellent medical team helping him are very pleased with his progress. He has been nothing short of heroic in how he has handled the whole ordeal, and now it has been medically proved that he does indeed have a brain.

"We were hoping to have made it out by Bonnaroo this weekend. But it is with sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of our scheduled performances at both Bonnaroo and Telluride Festivals ... We trust that you can respect our collective desire to encourage Ted to make a full recovery, and that this is based purely on the medical advice we have received.

"On behalf of Ted, and all of us really, we would like to thank every one for their compassion and support at this time and we are very excited to get back out on tour as soon as we can."

Watch Mumford & Sons perform at the 2011 Bonnaroo here:

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    why the **** would anybody like this??? Also, yet another example of a misleading UG news title
    This "son" worked that wreck. It wasn't exactly anything to "lighten up" about. And it's not uncommon knowledge that the apparatus that hauls over the road trailers are known as "tractors." But kudos on the fail attempt at a hillbilly joke.
    Okay, dick. I live in Tennessee. I was born and raised in Clarksville. You sir, don't need to take things out on people who have nothing to do with the situation. I prefer to see the lighter side of things. Because other wise you will live a very depressing life. Don't jump down my damned throat.
    I have really given them the benefit of the doubt and I've tried and tried to listen to their music to find out what all the non-musical people are talking about but it seems you really do need to be non or anti musical to 'get' their atonal whinings. I'm sorry for the people in the cars if they were listening to MF&S.
    I'm quite musical, and I enjoy listening to them... But, I guess if you say so, your word is law... It obviously isn't just that you personally don't like them - that'd be far too rash.
    Mumford and sons are damn good. Also, being a musician does not give you a superior taste in music to those poor 'non-musical' mortals, don't be so pretentious.
    wow that is misleading. and only in Tennessee... and also note that only two paragraphs are about the accident. the rest of the article is completely unrelated to the accident.
    Yea because only in Tennessee do car accidents happen. Please continue to enlighten us with your wisdom.
    only in tennessee would a 10 car pile-up because by a tractor failing to stop.
    Correct again! Because we all know the tractor trailers that travel from one end of the country to the other wait until they are in Tennessee to hit people!
    lighten up son. besides it say TRACTOR, not TRACTOR TRAILER.
    Apparently this is 'insert your own words or lack of wisdom' weekend and 'tractor' is not exciting enough for some people so they need to insert 'trailer'.