The circular bale is believed to have been in a steeply-sloping field beside the road when it somehow rolled and jumped 12ft to 15ft into traffic. Police said the accident happened at around 12.30pm on Friday on the A381 between Harbetonford and Halwell in Devon. Steve Walker of the Devon and Cornwall police traffic unit said they were trying to contact his family. He said: ''This was a tragic accident and we have now identified the victim as Michael Edwards, a founder member of ELO. ''We have used photographs and YouTube footage to identify him but we now need help contacting his family for formal identification. ''We don't believe he was ever married and we have identified an ex girlfriend but she is currently aboard. ''We think he may have a brother called David in the Yorkshire area and we obviously need to contact him. ''Michael has no immediate family but we believe he may have taught some cello in Devon and would ask his students to contact us if they know of any relations.'' Mr Edwards had been living in Totnes, Devon. After he left ELO, he was replaced as cellist by Melvyn Gale."
BEV BEVAN TRIBUTE TO MIKE EDWARDS
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 05-Sep-2010