March 12, 2007 / 11:25 AM / 12 years ago

Pop band The Drifters in serious car crash

The Drifters, (L-R) Peter Lamarr, Rohan Turney, Patrick Alan and Victor Bynoe, in an undated publicity photo. Members of pop band The Drifters were said to be lucky to be alive after being involved in a serious night-time car crash on the way back from a concert near Sheffield on Monday. REUTERS/Magic Arts/Handout

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Members of pop band The Drifters were said to be lucky to be alive after a serious car crash on the way back from a concert in northern England.

The car carrying the band, whose hits include “Under The Boardwalk” and “Saturday Night At The Movies,” collided with another vehicle which had swerved to avoid an animal, believed to be a deer, on the M1 motorway near Sheffield on Monday night.

All four band members, Peter Lamarr, Victor Bynoe, Rohan Turney and Patrick Alan were taken to hospital.

Alan, who suffered a head injury is still being treated but the others, including Turney who dislocated his shoulder, were able to return to London.

“It is quite astonishing that we were not dealing with a fatal collision, given the nature of the incident,” said Police Constable John Scruby.

The accident happened as the group returned from a concert in Newcastle in the early hours of the morning.

The band, whose line-up has changed many times since its formation in the United States in 1953, claims on its Web site to be the longest running group in pop history to still be performing live.

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